Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Trans activist announces supes run

Cecilia Chung, a transgender activist, announced this week she will run for supervisor in 2008 to replace Gerardo Sandoval, who will be termed out of his District 11 seat.

Chung, 41, disclosed her decision during the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club’s annual dinner Thursday, May 24.

“Yes, I am going to run for supervisor next year,” Chung, the club’s outreach chair and board member, told the crowd of about 400 people.

An hour prior to taking the stage though, she had told the Bay Area Reporter she wouldn’t decide on entering the race until later this year.

“I am planning to run. I am in the process of talking to some colleagues and friends of mine,” said Chung. “I am looking at when I will officially announce.”

Chung, who is HIV-positive, also plans to leave the Transgender Law Center, where she serves as deputy director, later this year to focus on her campaign. She is staying on until a new executive director is hired to replace Chris Daley, who announced he would step down this summer.

“My commitment is to assist with the transition,” she said.

A District 11 resident for a total of 14 years – she spent several years living in the Tenderloin before moving back to the Excelsior in 1998 – Chung said she would be the first out LGBT candidate to run for supervisor in the southeast section of the city. The district includes the Excelsior, Crocker-Amazon, Oceanside, Merced Heights, and Ingleside neighborhoods.

“That is pretty symbolic. Dan White used to be District 11 supervisor,” said Chung, referring to the man who killed Mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first out candidate to win office in the state, in their City Hall offices in November 1978. “This is our chance to turn a page in history and turn it into something positive.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, May 25, 2007 @ 10:51 am PST
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