David Campos is the most progressive politician in one of the most progressive districts in the most progressive city in the U.S.
Over the past eight years, Campos, a city supervisor from San Francisco’s 9th district, has championed the rights of undocumented migrants, drag queens, and the working poor. The openly gay politician, whose family immigrated illegally to the United States from Guatemala in 1984, recently proposed a city ordinance to give $2 million in tax funds to pay the legal fees of unaccompanied children that have arrived in San Francisco.
“San Francisco has a long history of standing up for what is right, and so this is San Francisco’s way of saying to our federal government that what you’re doing is wrong,” Campos told Fusion.
Here is a short list of other issues that Campos, who’s running for state assembly next month, has promoted during his time in office:
- Campos announced plans to provide free drugs for HIV prevention. PrEP, a daily pill that reduces the risk of HIV infection by up to 92%, can normally cost up to $14,000 a year.
- He pushed for rent-control laws to protect residents living in units purchased by real estate speculators.
- He was the lead negotiator and brought LGBT groups to Facebook’s headquarters when the social networking giant banned profiles with pseudonyms. Facebook apologized after several meetings with Campos.
Most recently he’s proposed legislation that would require companies with government contracts to pay equal wages to men and women. The proposed “gender pay gap” law that Campos introduced would require all city contractors with at least 20 employees to report their employee’s salary in addition to race and gender. Any companies that raise concerns would be investigated by the city’s Human Rights Commission.
Watch the above interview of the man who’s campaigning to win the same seat once sought by slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.