RIP to the Democratic candidates

shaylyn martos

A flyer flitters past me, twirling in the wind as I walk to my favorite cafe on Ocean Avenue. As it tumbles I see the face of Andrew Yang, former presidential candidate and favorite of the Chinese community in Ingleside. 

I stepped on it as I passed.

On this Super Tuesday we honor the fallen Democratic runners. Yesterday Amy Klobuchar, senator from Minnesota, announced she was dropping out; Mayor Pete Buttigieg bowed out the day before. I hadn’t even locked down how to say his name yet.

Yang, Williamson, Harris and Booker, Gillibrand, O’Rourke, Castro and Steyer. We will likely never think about you all again. So we, the Xpress, wish you all the best. 

From billionaires and tech executives, to bureaucrats and new-age lecturers, one by one these candidates quit campaigning and resolved to whatever they were doing before. 

All of these businesses and homes are covered in Yang’s posters, where will these people turn? Between Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, and Michael Bloomberg, who out of these five white(ish, I see you Gabbard) democratic candidates can make communities like that of Ingleside feel seen and supported? 

According to the Guardian, both Klobuchar and Buttigieg are endorsing Biden for president. While I’m not surprised, I beg for those of us who can vote to think deeper than tacitly following endorsements.

Look to the San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters, who publish a handy print-out guide each election season. Look to publications that you trust, like the SF Chronicle or the SF Bay View.

And please, for the love of god, don’t miss the polls tomorrow.