The Rise of Candidate X - Page 6

The absolutely true story of how a complete unknown rocketed from political obscurity, electrified the city, tackled real problems, and beat Ed Lee in 2015. 

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All illustrations by Sean Morgan


Candidate X has met with experts on climate change and used their input to produce a comprehensive plan for developing city-owned renewable energy infrastructure, which she says could be staffed with graduates of a job-training program created for at-risk youth. She's also undertaken a project of identifying every abandoned property in the city that could be converted to residential use, as part of a plan to open up new transitional housing for homeless residents, to be staffed with a veritable army of substance abuse counselors and mental health professionals.

Earlier this month, when baristas organized a citywide protest against gentrification by withholding coffee and shutting down Wi-Fi networks Candidate X rode his bike from café to café to stand with the aproned employees while bleary-eyed patrons lined up outside the doors in confusion, clutching their laptops.

"Today, you are going to have to make your own coffee and work from home," Candidate X told the bewildered patrons, after baristas shared personal stories of facing eviction or anxiety over losing rental housing.

"These baristas have taken a courageous stand for economic justice, to defend San Francisco against real estate speculators and developers who hold no regard for this city's long tradition of inclusion and equality. They will not make your Ethiopian pour-over coffee with complex flavors of lilac and lavender while you connect to their free Wi-Fi until you join in the fight against real-estate speculators whose actions have threatened this city as a haven for people of all incomes and identities."

Since then, rumors have surfaced that someone in the tech community who heard the baristas' stories that day has since started collaborating with the San Francisco Tenants Union, to create an app to help apartment-hunting tech workers boycott landlords who are known to carry out evictions and harassment and to track evictions and alert house-hunters to join in refusing to bid on properties emptied by eviction.

IstXSo it seems that Candidate X has done the unthinkable, and gotten the younger voters of San Francisco to actually give a damn.

In his (her? their?) latest headline-grabbing move, Candidate X registered nearly 100 percent of voters age 18-30 in San Francisco just in time for the next election.

How'd X do it? The SF Examiner explains:

 

"In what could become a regular afternoon ritual, Candidate X stopped by college campuses, hip coffee shops, and Dolores Park this week with representatives of the tech industry and every San Francisco constituent group in tow.

 

The elderly, the homeless, new immigrants and others volunteered their time to convince every young voter, one by one, why it was worth their time to register to vote.

"I've never felt like I had a reason to give a damn, really," said Martin Collins, 22. "Maybe it was X's energy, which felt like (President) Obama's campaign... or maybe it was because Macklemore was there. Either way, I'm voting next election."

 

There you have it folks. X is so revolutionary. All you have to do is bring famous people to your voting drive, or you know, tout "hope and change."

That always works. Last time Ed Lee ran for mayor, only around 30 percent of San Franciscans turned out to vote. Now Lee really has something to worry about.