Just like rent and artisanal toast, the cost of running for office in San Francisco is on the rise. In June, eight mayoral candidates spent about $8.4 million on their campaigns, an average of more than $1 million each. And in November, more than $6.8 million was spent among 22 Board of Supervisors candidates vying for five open seats, an average of $311,000 each.
In 2010, third-party spending for supervisor candidates was $82,000 each. In 2018, it was $214,000 each. Third-party spending for mayoral candidates was $790,000 each last year, more than three times that of 2011.