Besieged SF candidate Leanna Louie won't appear on ballot after failing to prove residency

Leanna Louie patrols in Chinatown on Friday, April 10, 2020 in San Francisco, Calif. 

Leanna Louie patrols in Chinatown on Friday, April 10, 2020 in San Francisco, Calif. 

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 4 candidate Leanna Louie will not appear on the November ballot after officials concluded that Louie could not prove that she lived in her 35th Avenue home at least 30 days before filing for office, the City Attorney's Office said Friday. 

“I appreciate that determining whether a candidate meets the legal requirements to be on the ballot is a weighty decision,” City Attorney David Chiu said in a statement. “However, our office must follow the facts and the law to preserve election integrity. The information Leanna Louie provided was insufficient, and she did not meet her legal burden to prove she had changed her domicile to her Sunset apartment from her long-time family home in District 10.”

Louie, who is running to represent District 4, has become a of figure of controversy in recent days after she referred to Mission Local journalist Joe Eskenazi — who is Jewish — as "Joe EskeNAZI" in a now-locked Facebook post.

Reporting from Eskenazi called into question whether Louie actually lives in District 4 and whether she may have committed election fraud by recently voting in District 10. The City Attorney's Office concluded that Louie cast a ballot on April 3 and wrote "under penalty of perjury" that her address was on Bridgeview Drive in District 10, "her long-time family home where she has lived for significant portions of her life." She then re-registered to vote using her District 4 address on May 7 and declared her candidacy for District 4 Supervisor 27 days later on June 3, the City Attorney's Office said. 

According to the San Francisco Board of Supervisor's Candidate Guide, candidates must reside and be registered to vote in their district for at least 30 days immediately preceding the date they file for office. 

“After reviewing the information gathered from the City Attorney’s investigation, the Department of Elections considers Leanna Louie’s nomination petition to be insufficient,” Department of Elections Director John Arntz said in a statement. “The department will not place her name on the ballot for the upcoming November 8 election.”