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

SF Supe Kim joins former Supes Leno, Alioto in 2018 mayor’s race

Supervisor Jane Kim

Supervisor Jane Kim

District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim threw her hat into the 2018 San Francisco mayoral race today (December 20), pulling nominating papers and establishing a campaign committee to begin raising money for the special election on the June primary ballot.

She joins former supervisors Mark Leno, a gay man who went on to serve in the state Legislature, and Angela Alioto, whose father Joe Alioto was a former mayor, in seeking Room 200 at City Hall. Leno, who for months has been raising money and securing endorsements for the 2019 mayoral election, announced last week he would run next year, and Alioto pulled papers Monday.

Due to the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee Tuesday, December 12, at the age of 65, the mayoral election will now be held in six months, leaving candidates little time to fundraise and campaign. The winner will serve out the remainder of Lee’s term through early January of 2020 and will need to run on the November ballot in 2019 for a full four-year term.

Kim, who will be termed out of office in January of 2019, was widely expected to run for mayor. Despite her losing her bid for the city’s state Senate seat last year to Scott Wiener, a gay man who had been the District 8 supervisor, that campaign allowed Kim to build up her name recognition citywide and meet voters outside of her supervisorial constituents in the Tenderloin and South of Market.

In a media release announcing her decision to jump into the race, Kim said it was time for “fundamental change” in the city.

“Our city and our next mayor will be confronted with the question of what kind of San Francisco we want to be, not just for the next two years but for the next generation,” stated Kim. “Mayor Lee began the process of shepherding us through a period of great transition and it’s important we continue that work and make the needed changes to address income inequality, housing costs, affordable child care and homelessness. These are among the many interconnected challenges that come due to the rising gap between rich and poor – and the hollowing out of our middle class.”

Acting Mayor London Breed, who due to being board president automatically took on the duties and responsibilities of mayor, is widely expected to run. Other city leaders said to be eyeing a mayoral bid include District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, like Kim term limited from running again for his Marina-based seat on the board next year; 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 20, 2017 @ 3:51 pm PST
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