Supervisor debates tend to be sleepy affairs, especially six months before a special election. But last Monday over 200 people came out to hear Dean Preston and Vallie Brown in their first debate.

Dean proposed doubling the amount of a housing bond from $500 million to $1 billion, buying up land to build social housing on, and piloting a free muni service. Brown got booed for claiming she lives paycheck-to-paycheck while owning property in San Francisco.

The campaign continues to inspire D5 residents to rethink what’s possible in San Francisco. Volunteers come out every Thursday night to phone bank and on Saturday mornings to knock doors in the neighborhood. About 70% of voters at their doors support Dean after speaking with a canvasser.

If you want to help get the word out about Dean, come to a phone bank or canvassing event! Too nervous to talk to strangers, but don’t mind telling your friends about Dean? Volunteer to host a fundraising party! More of a reader than a talker? Join the policy research committee! It’s easy to plug in, and there’s no better way to learn critical organizing skills and level up your activism.

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