Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Migden won’t seek return to politics in 2010

BLOG_MigdenIn a not-so-surprising turn of events, former out lesbian state Senator Carole Migden has finally put the kabash on rumors she had planned to make a return to public office next year by running for the Board of Supervisors, which she served on in the late 1990s.

Migden told the SF Weekly that she would not seek the District 10 seat next year. Current D10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell is termed out of office come January 2011 and the race has drawn a long list of candidates already.

“I’m more in a position of wishing them well and allowing them to proceed,” Migden told the newsweekly.

Migden’s potential bid had been viewed as unlikely by those closest to her as it would have meant her having to move into the district – she lives in District 6 – and facing accusations not only of being a carpetbagger but also of running for a seat that has traditionally been held by an African American in the diverse district.

And she was easily trounced by fellow gay Dem Mark Leno in the June 2008 primary for her Senate seat, which covers the city’s District 10 areas. (Leno went on to easily win election to the Senate that November.)

While Migden had told the Bay Area Reporter this spring she would not rule out a potential run, she seemed happier being outside the public spotlight and traveling around the world.

She echoed those sentiments this week to the weekly alt paper:

“I don’t envision this as a fit for me in the New Year,” she said, adding, “I like where I live … I have a good life.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 19, 2009 @ 5:03 pm PST
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