Supervisor Katy Tang may have announced her decision to not seek re-election minutes after the deadline to file for a run but her legislative aide managed to slip papers in, she announced Wednesday.
Jessica Ho announced she would be a candidate to become the new supervisor representing the Sunset District with Tang by her side at Uncle Benny’s Donut and Bagel on Wednesday, ready with an endorsement. Board of Supervisors President London Breed, Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, and the Edwin M. Lee Asian Pacific American Democratic Club also endorsed her within a day, according to the campaign.
“I wholeheartedly support Jessica’s candidacy,” Tang said in a statement. “I am confident she will continue the excellent constituent services for our residents, and also advocate for clean, safe, streets, and housing that is affordable for all.”
Ho’s roots in the Sunset District go back to her grandmother settling there as an immigrant. Before returning as a legislative aide to Tang, Ho served as a public health and public administration advisor to a Los Angeles County supervisor.
“It’s an honor to serve district residents every day, and I am looking forward to continuing the important dialogue around keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe in this Election season and beyond,” said Ho. “I am committed to improving quality of life for all residents, creating housing that is affordable, and reducing homelessness by addressing its root causes.”
Ho may have applied before the expected June 12 deadline but because of an election law that kicks in when an incumbent doesn’t file for reelection, that deadline has been extended. Potential challengers have until Monday at 5 p.m. to file papers, according to the Department of Elections.