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Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu decides not to run for SF mayor

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Carmen Chu will not run for mayor in the June 5 election. (Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner)

Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu has decided not to run for mayor, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

Chu was on a shortlist of well-known elected officials who were considering to jump into the June 5 mayor race, but she decided Sunday evening she wouldn’t run.

“This is just not the time for me to run,” Chu told the Examiner on Sunday.

The decision, she said, came after consulting with friends and family. She also spoke of her accomplishments in running the Assessor-Recorder’s Office and the desire to continue on with improvements there.

“After much reflection with my family and loved ones, I have decided that I best serve the City, my staff, and the San Franciscans who have elected me to see my work through as Assessor at this time,” Chu said in an email to supporters.

She noted in the email that by “holding ourselves and our largest taxpayers accountable, we’ve increased citywide revenues by over $200 million in the last year” and held financial planning forums for more than 400 low and middle-income families.

Chu was appointed assessor-recorder by the late Mayor Ed Lee in 2013 and would later be elected to the post. She previously served as a San Francisco supervisor representing District 4, the Sunset neighborhood.

Chu didn’t rule out a run in the future. The next mayor’s race is in November 2019.

A poll made public earlier this month showed mayoral candidate and former state Sen. Mark Leno leading in the contest with 26 percent of first place votes, followed by acting mayor and Board of Supervisors President London Breed with 20 percent. Chu was at 5 percent along with Supervisor Jane Kim, who has announced a run for mayor.

Former Supervisor Angela Alioto has also filed to run for mayor, and other candidates who began the filing process include City Attorney Dennis Herrera. The deadline to file to run in the June election is Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. There were 25 potential candidates as of Sunday.

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Breed announced her candidacy Friday. Meanwhile, the Board of Supervisors is expected to vote as early as Jan. 16 whether to appoint Breed as the interim mayor or select another person to serve in that capacity until the election.

Chu wouldn’t say who she would back in the mayor’s race. “We will take one thing at a time,” Chu said.

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