Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

SF Supe Farrell decides against 2018 mayoral run

Supervisor Mark Farrell

Supervisor Mark Farrell

Ending speculation that has swirled around him since the death last week of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell has decided against running to lead the city in the June special election.

In an email sent to his supporters this morning (Thursday, December 21), Farrell thanked those who have asked about his running and encouraged him to seek Room 200 at City Hall. But he determined the timing was not right for him to enter the race.

“My top priority is my family,” wrote Farrell, who will be termed out of his board seat in early January of 2019. “My wife, Liz, and our three children, Madison (12), Jack (10), and Kane (5), are everything to me. The timing is simply not right for our family, and I will always put them first.”

Farrell did not disclose what his next step will be, either politically or professionally, once he leaves office. For now, his focus will continue to be representing his constituents in the Marina and Cow Hollow and working on citywide issues.

“I’m not running for mayor, but my work in City Hall is not finished,” he wrote. “My full focus and attention for the remainder of my term will be on addressing the quality of life issues that matter most to San Franciscans: homelessness, housing, and public safety.”

Farrell, part of the moderate majority on the board, is the latest local official to make clear their intentions regarding the June race to serve out the remainder of Lee’s second four-year term, which will end in early January of 2020. Yesterday District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim pulled nominating papers and established a campaign committee to begin raising money for the special mayoral election on the primary ballot.

She joins another progressive in the race, former supervisor Mark Leno, a gay man who went on to serve in the state Legislature until last year. Leno, who for months has been raising money and securing endorsements for the 2019 mayoral election, announced last week he would run next year.

Another former supervisor, attorney Angela Alioto, pulled papers Monday to run for mayor, a position her father Joe Alioto served in from 1968 to 1976. Several lesser-known candidates have also pulled papers for the mayoral race.

Acting Mayor London Breed, who due to being board president automatically took on the duties and responsibilities of mayor, is widely expected to run. Holding the District 5 seat, Breed is part of the board’s six-person moderate bloc.

Other city leaders said to be eyeing a mayoral bid are City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who’s up for re-election in November of 2019, and Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, who is up for re-election next November.

Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) is also mentioned as a possible candidate. He already had pulled papers to run for re-election to his legislative seat next year, first in the June primary, and it is possible he could also run for mayor on the same ballot.

The filing deadline for candidates to enter the mayoral race is 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 9.

— Matthew S. Bajko, December 21, 2017 @ 12:18 pm PST
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