Saturday, January 23, 2010

Michael Nava at Polanco

The novelist and lawyer Michael Nava held a fundraiser last Sunday for his Superior Court Judge election this June.

It was held at Polanco, the Mexican arts and crafts gallery near Hayes and Gough, which is owned by John Camarillo (above right)...

...with his partner Aldo Picchi (above).

We were greeted at the door by Emmalena Quesada, a friend of Michael's from the Californa Supreme Court where he works as a lawyer and writer for Justice Carlos Moreno.

I was shooting photos for the candidate, and dragged along friends Matthew Hubbard and David Barnard (above) who was so enchanted by an antique wooden sculpture of a saint in the window that he ended up buying it.

The crowd was a mixture of Nava's political friends such as District Eight Supervisor candidate Rafael Mandelman and John Trout (below)...

...along with a sprinkling of fellow novelist and journalist friends...

...such as Paul Reidinger, the restaurant critic at "The Bay Guardian."

The crowd at the event was mostly gay and/or Latino.

To win the judgeship, Nava will probably have to extend himself as a candidate to much wider groups within San Francisco, but it's not a bad start.

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