The sudden mayoral race San Francisco finds itself in is heating up with Wednesday’s addition of Supervisor Jane Kim.
Last week’s sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee triggered a special election slated for June 5, 2018 to finish his term before another mayoral election in 2019. Kim joined seven candidates Wednesday morning after pulling papers from the Department of Elections and forming a mayoral campaign committee.
London Breed, District 5 Supervisor and President of the Board, is filling in as acting mayor and has not yet indicated if she will run.
“It is time for fundamental change,” Kim says in a statement. “I’m running for mayor because I believe strongly that at this moment, we should and must be a San Francisco that is an example to the rest of the nation.”
Kim gained named recognition in her unsuccessful bid for state senator against then-Supervisor Scott Wiener, even winning the endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders. She ultimately delivered on a campaign promise to make City College free, was instrumental in creating Compton’s TLGB District and the San Francisco Leather District, and continues to keep the city’s wealth gap in conversation.
She previously served as president of the San Francisco Board of Education, as an attorney for Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and as a community organizer with Chinatown Community Development Center.
Other official candidates include former state Sen. Mark Leno, for Supervisor Angela Alioto, and Lee’s re-election challenger Amy Farrah Weiss. Filing papers are due Jan. 9.
“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,” Kim says. “If we stay on the path we are on, things will get even better for the wealthiest among us, but worse for the rest of us.”
UPDATE: District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell is not running for mayor, he announced Thursday. He was among the rumored mayoral candidates but said in an email to his supporters that his family is his top priority.
Farrell —known for leading the path to a city-owned broadband network — was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010 and is termed out of office in January 2019.