Candidate whose parents are Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, jailed in 1981, was supported by Bernie Sanders
The son of two anti-war radicals who went to prison for murder has won a tightly contested race for district attorney in San Francisco, after campaigning to overhaul the criminal justice system.
Chesa Boudins parents were members of the far-left, anti-Vietnam war Weather Underground, which was active in the 1960s and 70s. His mother, Kathy Boudin, survived an infamous explosion in Greenwich Village, New York City in March 1970, when members of the group accidentally detonated a bomb intended for an army ball in New Jersey.
She and her husband, David Gilbert, were sent to prison when Chase was an infant, for their role in an armed heist in New York in 1981 in which three people were killed by members of the Black Liberation Army. Kathy Boudin was released in 2003. Gilbert remains in jail.
Boudin, 39, has said growing up with incarcerated parents motivated him to study law and reform the criminal justice system. In 2002, the Yale grad and Rhodes scholar told the Guardian: Growing up in a household where people have a political consciousness, where people think and care deeply about political issues has an impact on you.
He was raised by two other well-known Weathermen, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.
My parents are all people who have taken a stand for what they believe in over and over again, he said 17 years ago. That to me is a fine example even if I disagreed with some of their choices.
In a campaign video this year, he said: Growing up, I had to go through a metal detector and steel gates just to give my parents a hug.