Running for Democratic Party Leadership

San Francisco Democratic Central County Committee

By Shaun Haines

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (12/15)- Shaun Haines, has pulled papers to seek one of the 17th Assembly District DCCC seats. A native San Franciscan who is African American, Haines in May was appointed to serve on the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and also sits on the LGBT advisory committee to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Assemblyman David Chiu ‘s African American Advisory Committee & LGBT Advisory Committee. The race, now held during presidential election years, has traditionally drawn a long list of candidates, including of late a number of sitting supervisors. Apart from wielding influence in local politics, a DCCC seat can also be a launching pad for those interested in running for political office themselves one day.

Shaun Haines is also involved in, Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition — BRC as a Project Manager at, is a Board Member on the Communications Committee of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and events coordinator and fundraiser for the Military American Legion / “ OneVet OneVoice”, was a contributing writer at the SF Bay Times Newspaper, is currently the Secretary at the District 5 Democratic Club, is an Executive Board Member of the Willie B. Kennedy Democratic Club, is the Recording Secretary of SF Black Leadership Forum.

I am historical photo documentarian of San Francisco — Photographer of SHH ITS ME! Professional Photography, HIV Activist CDC HIV Awareness Campaign Testing Makes Us Stronger and Aids Life/Cycle Participating $20,000 Team “Thank You”

When asked why he was running, Haines noted his interest in serving on the DCCC stems from his wanting to help diversify the Democratic Party and the city’s elected leadership. “It is something I have been trying to take a close look at… I want to use my personal experience to work on addressing that problem.”

Writing about the direction of the city, Haines has stated, “The city I love, and the people that make San Francisco a place to leave one’s heart, are going away. Where are we headed? Some of us, a prevailing minority, are “moving on up” and replacing the rest, a diminishing majority who are headed “down and out.” I’ve heard this problem labeled as an “affordability crisis.” Over the years, I have observed a jagged prosperity. This growth is rapidly reshaping our city, society, culture, politics and economy. My only hope is that this prosperity becomes more evenhandedly managed.

In the last several years, I have observed cyclical waves of the exodus. At this time, I am observing my third, and perhaps most devastating, wave. These waves are eroding our city’s foundational culture, heritage, and spirit. I have watched our loved ones being washed out by the imbalances present in our city’s evolution. Through this tidal action, deposited on our shores, are a lot of new people from all over the U.S. and abroad.

It is apparent to me, and many old long-term residents, that the latest waves of people that are coming to San Francisco are not doing so for the same reasons as many of those who arrived during the last several decades. Most of the latter were seeking acceptance, opportunity and a place to build a home. They wished to engage in a common culture and to connect with our accepting community. Now, there is little loyalty to, or preservation of, these important characteristics. Our differences are leading to clashes over policy and limited resources.

Furthermore, “The streets tell this story, for those willing to listen. Stenciled on the pavement in black ink is “5%”. This indicates the population of Blacks estimated to reside in the city. Also stenciled are words like “clusterf**k.” I feel that these, and other such statements, underscore the overwhelming consensus that we are in a predicament that will not be resolved easily. The streets are filled with many such references for those willing to take a moment to see, and to understand, what is happening in our world. Sadly, everybody is working so hard that few have time for community, art, local culture, or to become actively engaged in our common fight for survival.

The job and housing markets are oversaturated, as are our social service systems. The cost of living and minimum wage are light-years apart. There are more exclusionary roadblocks to opportunity and prosperity than there are programs and incentives to ensure equality and a nondiscriminatory playing field.

As I reflect upon my own experiences and interact with other residents, the general sentiment is that even while the city prospers, many things are becoming worse than ever before. The situation, in my option, is unsustainable. I find that we are all on the razor’s edge. I am uncertain of which side of the widening divide I will land. I’m facing the same hardships and misfortunes that are affecting countless others. I am hoping that we will work together to find the solutions to these problems….”

My name is Shaun Haines.

After years of organizing to bring awareness to important issues that impact all San Franciscans. It was time for me to take a bold step forward. I was born and raised in the great city and county of San Francisco. My community roots are deep within this city, so I fully understand San Francisco’s Democratic values. Our shared values include building strong families, providing a good education, creating new opportunities, and working to maintain and grow our city’s diversity.

My top priorities include:

  • Restoring the Black Community
  • Affordable Housing / Homelessness
  • Quality Education
  • Accountable Public Safety

For the past 10 years, I have dedicated myself to positively affecting our community in various positions of civic engagement and leadership. I have learned the importance of working collaboratively with diverse groups on key issues affecting San Franciscans:

• Government Transparency

• HIV Awareness and Education

• Human and Civil Rights

• Veteran’s Advocacy

San Francisco is booming!

According to city planners, by 2040 San Francisco will need nearly 200,000 new jobs created and 100,000 more housing units. Therefore, San Francisco will need leaders who are prepared to address smart growth with practical and consensus-building approaches.

Best Regards, — Shaun Haines

Former Candidate for San Francisco Democratic Central Committee (Dist. 17)

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Endorsements: Bay View Times

DCCC candidate Shaun Haines

Political Notebook: Race to oversee SF Democratic Party draws out candidates

In addition to the out incumbents planning to run, so far one gay candidate, Shaun Haines, has already pulled papers to seek one of the 17th Assembly District DCCC seats. A native San Franciscan who is African American, Haines in May was appointed to serve on the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and also sits on the LGBT advisory committee to the city’s Human Rights Commission.

Haines told the Bay Area Reporter his interest in serving on the DCCC stems from his wanting to help diversify the Democratic Party and the city’s elected leadership.

“It is something I have been trying to take a close look at,” said Haines, 37, an Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club member who serves on its board. “I want to use my personal experience to work on addressing that problem.”

DCCC candidate Shaun Haines
Photo: Haines for DCCC campaign

LGBT newcomers seek SF Dem Party posts

“For me, I noticed when I got politically active the lack of African-American male representation in elected officials in San Francisco,” noted Shaun Haines, 37, a gay black man who grew up in San Francisco, living in more than a dozen of the city’s neighborhoods.

“I think a lot of people are remarkably unaware of what the DCCC does,” said Haines.

A member of the city’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, Haines is currently out of work and has instead focused on his DCCC bid. He has highlighted his sexual orientation and race as he has campaigned for the seat, and at times has had to defend his doing so.

“I believe that serving the community on the DCCC as a gay black would bring more awareness to a great many issues,” Haines recently wrote on his Facebook page. “I feel that an elected black male perspective is needed in our local Democratic Party leadership to address issues that impact everyone.”

Published 06/02/2016

by Matthew S. Bajko


Full Story: Election Slates Wield Powerful Influence

Zoe Dunning

“One of the downsides of the slate strategy is that those who are not “insiders,” or are not on a slate, have a tremendous disadvantage. The sixteen DCCC candidates not on either the Progress or Reform slates have to really hustle. One candidate I have tremendous respect for is Shaun Haines, who did not end up on either slate but is working it every day. I see him actively seeking Democratic Club endorsements, doing visibility at transit stops, and getting his name and his story out there on social media. These candidates have to rely more on the Democratic Clubs to endorse them and include them in their club slates and mailers. In Shaun’s case, being highlighted on the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club slate will help him tremendously.”



Bay Times Article: “Shaun in San Francisco!”


Please read: “Shaun in San Francisco

My roots in the city have enabled me to form solid connections. To the Bears, Sisters, Fairies, Techies, Hipsters, Missionites, the Leather communities, and my newest friends in San Francisco’s political circles and more, I say this: you have become my extended family. From the Financial District to the Castro, the Mission to the Richmond, Haight to the Excelsior, the Bayview to Fillmore, SoMa to the Sunset, Ingleside to Hayes Valley, and where I live today in Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco is and forever will be my home and heart.

I was born in San Francisco General, way back when they referred to it as “The Blood Bath.” Graduating from John O’Connell high school, with a trade certificate in carpentry, much of my classroom time was spent in bungalows. The school was forced to move from the Mission after the Loma Prieta earthquake due to contamination from asbestos, but my passion for learning never faltered.

In those younger years, I fell in love with photography and writing. I wrote for the San Francisco Teen newspaper and was honored to have my poetry published in a few literary anthologies. In college, at San Francisco State University, I pursued Journalism as a field of study. Truthfully, at that age, I had a little more fun taking Jazz, Afro-Haitian, and Modern Dance. I’m excited to return to my roots as a writer.

I am also educated, trained, certified and experienced as an Information Technology, Project and Operations Management professional. In recent years, I joined the Board of Directors at Alice B. Toklas serving on the communications committee. I volunteer at the Bayard Rustin Coalition as a project manager focusing on Organizational Development. I have also served on the Board of Directors at San Francisco Pride. 2014 is my third year to participate in AIDS/LifeCycle. I enjoy working with the community, organizing events, creating community development plans and building coalitions. I am proud to have promoted awareness of, and raised over ten thousand dollars of funding for, various causes. I have endeavored to do so in ways that support and highlight our heritage, local artists, and native cultures.

Here in the city, our communities are evolving at exponential rates. The inequities of this change for a multitude of groups of all ethnic and economic backgrounds have compelled me to get involved. To obtain a real-world education in public service and political process, I made a conscious decision.

Some years ago, I vowed to take an active role in our community, to help guide that evolution by interacting with all of our diverse groups. I hope to lead by example and motivate a younger generation to join me. Let’s all participate in shaping the future by effecting positive change in our society. The first steps in my journey have taught me valuable lessons. I want to thank all who have helped me along the way, especially the Bay Times for giving me a voice and helping me to share the experiences and perspective of an Old School San Francisco Native.

– The quickest route to failure is not to try… S.H.H.

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Like you, I’m fighting for a better future, for my family, the community and for the health of our human society.  Together, I have fought with you for justice and progress in matters of; social justice, human rights, civil rights, open government, public health and safety, homeless services, worker rights and workforce development, community heritage, and preservation.

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