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City Attorney Dennis Herrera decides he will not run for SF mayor

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San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera speaks during a news conference at City Hall on April 25, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Hours before the 5 p.m. deadline to file to run for mayor in June, City Attorney Dennis Herrera told his staff he decided not to run.

Herrera had pulled papers last week, initiating the filing process to run, but has decided in the end not to file.

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“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 said in an email to his staff. “I am looking forward to meeting those challenges with you. Now is not the right time for me to seek the Office of Mayor.”

Meanwhile, acting mayor and president of the Board of Supervisors London Breed officially filed to run Tuesday as did Supervisor Jane Kim. Former state Sen. Mark Leno filed to run on Monday. Former Supervisor Angela Alioto filed last week.

There were 26 potential candidates as of Tuesday afternoon.

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