Candidates Statements

These are the folks who have nominated themselves for the open seats on the Board of Directors.  More entries will be added until nominations close at 5:00 p.m. PT on July 31, 2020.

Please watch for details about the “Candidates Night” on Wednesday August 12, when all nominees will have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the voters, and the online election will begin.  Online voting will continue until 5:00 p.m on Monday, August 17, 2020. Results will be formally announced a the Annual Membership Meeting of August 19, 2020.  Please see our Nominations page for more details.

Nominees:  Please contact nominations@sflcd.org if you wish to make any changes or corrections, or if you wish to add a photo or short video to accompany your statement.

Eric See
Berkeley CA
Have a history of activism in alignment with the Organizations’ Mission and Vision. 
Have served reliably on one or more of the Organization’s committees for at least one year.
Represent: Nonprofits
Having served as the Secretary of the board for the first year, I would be honored to continue to serve in that or another capacity for another term. I feel that board continuity is a value to uphold during these troubling times.
6/11/2020

Val Langmuir
San Francisco
Have a history of activism in alignment with the Organizations’ Mission and Vision.
Represent:  Nonprofits
My name is Val Langmuir. I’m queer. My pronouns are she and they. I was born in California, grew up in England, returned to the Bay Area in 1996, and have been here ever since. I am running for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District board based primarily on my activism and community membership. I’ve been in the leather / BDSM community, as an activist, an educator, and a player, since the 1990s in London, where I worked on one of the first SM Pride marches. In San Francisco I continued volunteering, including serving on the board of the Exiles for a decade, working on leather alley at pride for many years, earning the title of Ms SF Leather 2013, and later being on contest staff in various capacities, including emcee, which I particularly enjoy. I’ve been interested in the District from its inception, but I was only able to attend one of the meetings before the District was formally constituted, due to other commitments. I have gotten a little more involved during the last year; I have recently become a member of the District, and I’m currently serving on the diversity & membership committee. I’d be honored to be considered for a board position.
Respectfully, Val Langmuir
6/16/2020

Stephan Francisco Ferris
San Francisco
Have lived or worked within the boundaries of the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District (the “District”).
Have a history of activism in alignment with the Organizations’ Mission and Vision
Have served reliably on one or more of the Organization’s committees for at least one year.
Represent:  Artists, Youth, Nonprofits
6/17/2020