Chinese voters are expected to have an unprecedented influence on the choice of Sophie Maxwell's successor as San Francisco's District 10 supervisor, reports Shawn Liu for the World Journal. David Lee, director of the Chinese American Voter Education Committee, estimates that there are about 7,000 registered Asian-American voters in District 10, which includes Potrero Hill, Bayview-Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and part of Portola. The Asian-American vote this year carries more weight than ever, according to Lee. Because the district has a high number of candidates for supervisor — a total of 21 — and a ranked-choice voting system, the Asian-American vote in the area won't be split between the two Asian-American candidates, Teresa Duque and Marlene Tran. Duque and Tran, who are both half Chinese, speak Chinese and are active in the community.

There has been an influx of Chinese residents into the southeastern part of the city, many of whom are eligible voters, says Lee. There are about 80,000 Asian-Americans in the city who are eligible to vote but have not yet registered, according to Lee, and about half of them live in or around District 10. CAVEC volunteers are now working to register 10,000 new Asian-American voters by the deadline of Oct. 18.

The growing influence of Asian-American voters hasn't gone unnoticed by the candidates. In a nod to the voting power of Chinese-Americans, Chris Jackson, a current Community College Board Trustee who is running for supervisor, and Hydra Mendoza, who is running for a second term on the SFUSD school board, visited the offices of San Francisco's Sing Tao Daily newspaper this week.

The Sing Tao's Jane Xiao reports that Jackson, a 27-year-old African-American, discussed reducing crime and fostering understanding between ethnic groups in the community by supporting police patrols and increasing bilingual services. Earlier this year, Bayview-Hunters Point made headlines after several attacks on Chinese residents by African-American teenagers.

Mendoza, meanwhile, visited the Sing Tao flanked by Chinese-American school board members Norman Yee and Sandra Lee Fewer. Yee and Fewer told the Sing Tao that they highly recommend Mendoza, describing her as a committed supporter of narrowing achievement gaps and increasing bilingual and immersion programs.