In other local election news: homeless advocate Nicole Macri scored a decisive first place win in the 43rd state legislative district house race, getting nearly 50 percent of the vote in an eight-person field. Moreover, she beat out the top fundraiser, attorney Daniel Shih; Shih raised a startling $154,000 to Macri’s solid $98,000. Shih, who had broad support among the Asian-American community, came in a distant second, getting 26 percent. The pair will face off in November, advantage Macri.
Macri, the only woman in the crowded race, consolidated the progressive vote when the potentially first trans state representative Danni Askini dropped out of the race earlier this summer. Askini, along with most progressives and the outgoing progressive incumbent Walkinshaw, endorsed Macri. Macri, a lesbian and staffer at homeless advocacy group the Downtown Emergency Services Center, seemed right in the zeitgeist (other progressives in the race were stressing their environmental and labor cred) as voters went all in on the housing levy.