Mayor Ed Lee this morning (Tuesday, February 26) named Katy Tang as the new District 4 supervisor representing the Sunset and Parkside neighborhoods.
Tang will succeed her boss, Supervisor Carmen Chu, who as of tomorrow – Wednesday, February 27 – will be sworn in as San Francisco’s newest Assessor-Recorder. Lee had announced earlier this month his widely expected decision to name Chu to fill the vacancy created by former assessor Phil Ting’s election to the state Assembly in November.
When Ting stepped down in December, he had named his deputy assessor Zoon Nguyen to serve as acting assessor-recorder. Nguyen, an out lesbian, told the Bay Area Reporter in December that she did not plan to seek election this fall to the citywide position.
Both Chu (seen at left) and Tang will be required to seek election this November to serve out the remainder of the terms, which expire in January of 2015. Contests for full four-year terms for assessor and D4 supervisor will take place on the November 2014 ballot.
Based on the track record of past Lee appointments, the two women could be facing uphill climbs at the ballot box. Both appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague, the first bisexual to serve on the board, and appointed City College trustee Rodrigo Santos failed to win election to full terms last fall.
Tang has served as Chu’s legislative aide for the last five years. She helped craft legislation to create Neighborhood Commercial Districts for District 4 business corridors, increase protections for victims of domestic violence, streamline the city contracting processes, and increase penalties for crimes committed in and around public transit.
Tang, 29, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the UC Davis. A graduate of Lowell High School, she speaks Mandarin and had served in former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration in the Office of Public Policy and Finance.
In a press release announcing his decision, Lee predicted that Tang would provide a seamless transition as she is already well versed in the needs of the residents of the district.
“As a lifelong resident of the district who has worked alongside Carmen Chu on all the key projects and concerns facing the district, I know Katy will be a strong advocate for the district’s families and small businesses and be a great supervisor for San Francisco,” stated Lee.