2015 San Francisco legislative election

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2015 San Francisco legislative election

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All 140 seats in the Provincial Assembly
75 needed for a majority seats needed for a majority
Turnout 89%

  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Michael J. Kruger.jpg Shannon Grove image.jpg Justin Amash official photo.jpg
Leader Michael J. Kruger Shannon Anderson Jacob Knoxville
Party Progressive Coalition (DRPS) Conservative Alliance (Royalist) Libertarian
Leader since 2009
Seats before 97 6 4
Seats won
117 / 140
21 / 140
2 / 140
Seat change 20 8 2
 vote 1,719,688 289,835 27,630
Percentage 83.57% 15% 1.43

The 2015 San Francisco legislative election was held on August 10, 2015 to elect all 140 members to the Provincial Assembly of San Francisco. It was the 20th election held for the Provincial Assembly since the modification to the San Francisco Constitution in 1905 which stated that elections would be held once every five years. All 140 seats were up for election and they were contested between the Progressive Coalition, lead by the Democratic-Republicans , and the Conservative Alliance, lead by the Royalists. The Libertarian Party of San Francisco ran their own candidate, Jacob Knoxville, and didn't join the Conservative Alliance until 2016 and thus ran as a third party. The primary candidates for the election were Michael J. Kruger for the Progressive Coalition and Shannon Anderson for the Conservative Alliance. The election occurred during the concurrent gubernatorial election between Democratic-Republican Terry Scott and Royalist Benjamin Grant which garnered heavy media attention.

The election was the first time that the Progressive Coalition participated in as its own party and all member parties of the coalition agreed to run a single candidate on the ballot. The Conservative Alliance made the same move as well nominating Shannon Anderson to compete against Michael J. Kruger. The primary issues for the election were healthcare, the economic, housing costs, and issues relating to controversy over the boycott of goods from Israeli settlements and debate over immigration from Tondo other countries in Southeast Asia and how the immigration should be handled. Other issues were also over the province's political culture with the Conservative Alliance running as an anti-establishment force against what they called a "far-left political monopoly" held by the Democratic-Republicans and supported by both the Social Democrats and Green Party. The Christian Democratic Association sided with the Conservatives and ran on representing the largely religious Tondolese immigrant population.

The election was held on August 10 and lasted until midnight on August 11. The election ended in a victory for the Progressive Coalition with the party winning 83% of the vote and secured a supermajority in the Provincial Assembly and Kruger was appointed as Assembly Majority Leader as his party won the majority of seats. Jackson Albert Lee had participated in the election in support of Grant and kept his position as Minority Leader until Grant succeeded him after the election. While the Conservatives were in the Opposition, both the Christian Democrats and the Royalists won seats with the Royalists winning 16 in total and increasing its presence in the assembly. The Libertarians meanwhile lost two seats, half of what they had before the election and motivated them to join the Conservative Alliance a year later. Many commentators have called the election proof of what they call a "intense thriller-like rival" between Scott's Democratic-Republican-led Progressives and Grant's Conservatives.

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