James Coleman, a climate activist and Harvard University student, didn’t anticipate winning when he decided to run for City Council in South San Francisco’s District Four.
Coleman, 21, achieved two historic milestones: He has become the youngest and the first openly LGBTQ member in the council’s history.
Coleman’s campaign video, which he credits as its most successful tool, was made by Janetzy Cruz, a fellow South San Francisco High school alum.
“It’s not easy at any age to do a cold call.”Political engagement in South San Francisco had been relatively subdued until the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd in May, Coleman said.
“And people are hungry for that.”Annie Vainshtein is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.