Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club
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Name: Rob Anderson
OFFICE, CANDIDATE BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
1. What office are you running for and, if applicable, in what district?
District 5 Supervisor
2. Are you a registered Democrat?
3. Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?
I don’t think that’s anyone’s business. I disapprove of this Balkanization of the electorate into identity groups.
4. What elected offices have you held?
5. What political clubs and/or community organizations are you most actively involved in?
None. My blog (http://district5diary.blogspot.com/) and my political campaigns are my primary involvement. Ordinarily, I would go to a lot more meetings, but for the last two years I’ve been the primary caretaker of my 92-year-old mother, which keeps me home in the evenings.
6. What are your two most significant political campaigns or experiences? Please discuss.
It so happens that I’ve run for District 5 Supervisor twice before, in 2000 and 2004. In 2000 Matt Gonzalez was the leading candidate. I tried unsuccessfully to get him and the other candidates interested in the homeless issue that year. A few years later, Gavin Newsom used the issue to become mayor of SF by capitalizing on progressive incomprehension and political negligence on an issue that city voters were clearly concerned about.
Why is the Alice endorsement important to your campaign?
It’s not necessarily important, but I would like to have it. After all I am a Democrat, and Mirkarimi is a member of the Green Party.
8. What endorsements for this office have you received to date?
9. How much have you raised to date and what is your total anticipated budget for your campaign?
I don’t plan on raising any money. If I spend any money, it will be my own.
10. What are your three most important qualifications for this office? Please discuss.
Why three? My most important qualification is that I’m not a San Francisco progressive. I’m completely unblinkered by the ideology that hobbles SF progressives, including my opponent, Ross Mirkarimi.
11. What are your three most important qualifications to represent the LGBT community in this office? Please discuss.
I have no intention of representing the LGBT community or any other particular group. If I don’t think a policy or proposal is good for the whole city, I won’t support it.
12. What are your top three priorities/objectives if you win this position? Please discuss.
“Three” again? I have no such list in mind. I’ll support Mayor Newsom’s approach on homelessness, since that’s his greatest policy success---perhaps his only one---thus far. And I’m very much concerned with the city’s aggressive development policies, led by a completely misguided Planning Dept. Supervisor Mirkarimi is terrible on development issues. He voted for the Rincon Hill highrise luxury condos; he’s pushing the destructive Market/Octavia Plan that will rezone more than 4,000 properties in the middle of the city to encourage more population density; and he’s taken the lead in surrendering the old extension property on Lower Haight Street to a greedy, predatory UC for a massive housing development---450 units on only six acres.
LGBT POLITICAL ISSUES
13. Do you support full equal marriage rights for LGBT Americans? Please discuss.
Yes. What’s to discuss? People should be able to get married if they want.
14. Do you support full equal immigration rights for LGBT Americans? Please discuss.
15. Do you support full employment non-discrimination for LGBT Americans? Please discuss.
I oppose any kind of discrimination, but I don’t know what you mean by “full employment.”
16. Do you support repeal of the US military’s “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” policy? Please discuss.
17. What are the most important issues facing the transgender community and how should they be addressed? Please discuss.
How the hell should I know?
OTHER POLITICAL ISSUES
18. Do you support a woman’s federal constitutional right to reproductive choice? Would you support a candidate, measure or platform that was not explicitly pro-choice? Please discuss.
Yes and no. No one should force women---or girls, for that matter---to have babies.
19. What steps would you take to encourage more diversity in the electoral process, including increasing the involvement of members of the LGBT community, women and people of color?
Please list three---not two and not four---obstacles for the LGBT community, women, or people of color to participating in the political process. Just kidding! I don’t know of any obstacles to participation in the political process facing members of the LGBT community, women, or people of color.
Thank you very much for completing the Alice questionnaire.
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