One of San Francisco’s most notorious political firebrands could shake up City Hall this year if he tries to return to the Board of Supervisors, and he might not be alone.
Chris Daly — along with ex-supervisors Aaron Peskin and Tony Hall — is rumored to be considering another run.
He has said he will seek District 5 if Mayor Ed Lee fails to appoint a progressive to the seat being vacated Sunday by Sheriff-elect Ross Mirkarimi. Lee is expected to announce his pick this week.
Daly, who was termed out of office last year, said he would run if there is no “homegrown” progressive candidate able to fight for the seat in November to represent the Fillmore and Western Addition neighborhoods. He would have to move into the district to be eligible — he currently lives in District 6, which he used to represent.
Yet there remains an unsettled legal question of whether Daly can even run. He has not been termed out for more than four years, but he has asked the city attorney for an opinion on running for a different district.
The other two former supervisors are less certain of their plans, with Hall recently saying a run for District 7 to represent the West Portal and Parkmerced neighborhoods again is “not in the cards.” Hall held that post for four years beginning in 2000.
Peskin, a former board president, has said that “some folks have encouraged me” to reclaim District 3, which includes the North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods. He was termed out of office in 2008.
“I will say it’s unlikely,” Peskin said.
However, he did leave an opening, saying, “There’s a lot of time between December and August,” the deadline to file to run.
Daly also has indicated a desire to return to District 6, where Supervisor Jane Kim succeeded him in representing the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods.
“I’d rather run in District 6 in two years,” he said.