City Attorney Dennis Herrera Decides Against Running for Mayor

Herrera sent out an email to staff announcing his final decision hours before the filing deadline.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera at a press conference in 2016 (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Hours before the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to file for Mayor of San Francisco, City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced that he’s stepping away from the race.

Though Herrera pulled papers with the San Francisco Department of Elections to run earlier this month, he told his staff in an email obtained by our sister publication the San Francisco Examiner that he decided not to run in the June election after all. 

“We have done great work together in this office, and more challenges lie ahead for us as we continue to protect the interests of San Francisco’s residents and taxpayers,” Herrera says in the email. “I am looking forward to meeting those challenges with you. Now is not the right time for me to seek the Office of Mayor.”

With Herrera out, the pool of major candidates stalled for the first time in weeks. 

Acting Mayor and President of the Board of Supervisors London Breed, Supervisor Jane Kim, former state Sen. Mark Leno, and former Supervisor Angela Alioto are among the 26 listed potential candidates as of Tuesday afternoon.  

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