Tech Worker Voter Guide

Voting in elections - especially on local issues - means we can have a say in shaping a more equitable future for our cities, and our communities.

We have a duty to use our collective voice for good. We stand for pragmatic progressive policies and equity.

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What We Stand For

Good Government

Accountable to the people, deliver high quality public services, and efficient

Enfranchise People

Represent people who don’t have a strong lobby

Social Values

Advocate for policies that advance social equity

Responsible Taxation

Use the right mechanisms to fund important shit

Strength in Solidarity

The tech industry is a big part of San Francisco and California’s economy. Tech workers comprise a significant part of San Francisco’s population and tax base.

Yet voter turnout in local races are low, with 10-20% undervotes the last election. People left key races blank, where the difference between electing a supervisor was down to a couple hundred votes! The downballot matters too.

What does this mean? We can be an influential voting bloc. Politics is a group activity and we need to organize to be effective!

November 2020 Voting Guide

If you don't want to read the full November 2020 voter guide, look at the tl;dr below:


Joe Biden
Congress, District 12
Nancy Pelosi
Congress, District 14
Jackie Speier
Scott Wiener
Assembly, District 17
David Chiu
Assembly, District 19
No Endorsement
San Francisco
Supervisor, District 1

Marjan Philhour #1

Veronica Shinzato #2

Supervisor, District 3
Danny Sauter
Supervisor, District 5
Vallie Brown
Supervisor, District 7

Myrna Melgar

Joel Engardio
(honorable mention)

Supervisor, District 9
No Endorsement
Supervisor, District 11
No Endorsement
Board of Education

Michelle Parker

College Board

Jeanette Quick

Victor Olivieri

BART Board, District 7
Lateefah Simon
BART Board, District 9
No Endorsement


Our framework

The Tech Worker Voter Guide operates via a decision-making framework plus a questionnaire for candidates.

We have a general voting framework for ballot props which works most of the time. This framework was developed over several elections by several people, and it is now fairly stable.

  • Good Government
    • Bureaucracy - Vote for things which decrease needless or unhelpful bureaucracy
    • Promotion - Vote for things which promote good government
  • Representation
    • No Lobby - Vote for groups that don't have a strong lobby (youth, disabled, homeless, low-income people, the environment)
    • Rights - Vote against things which infringe upon rights of the people
  • Taxation
    • Externalities - Vote for things that price externalities
    • Infrastructure - Vote to fund infrastructure
    • Liberate Set-Asides - Vote to liberate funds from budget set-asides, to be useful for other purposes
    • New Taxes - Generally prefer to vote for new taxes, preferably without a set-aside
    • Set-Asides - Generally vote against budget set-asides, which limit the ability of representatives to budget effectively
  • Values
    • Equity - Vote for racial and gender equity
    • Immigration - Vote for policies which promote immigration and immigrant rights
    • LGBTQ+ - Vote for more LGBTQ+ rights
    • Movement - Vote for policies which increase freedom of movement
    • Safety Nets - Vote to improve and expand social safety nets