The suspense is over. Supervisor John Avalos is in the race for mayor, making an already crowded field even more unpredictable.
Avalos has been meeting with close friends and allies for months to mull a bid for mayor. In the end, it was his work on the budget and his success with one of the strictest local hiring mandates in the country that made him a viable candidate to lead The City, he said Monday.
Avalos served as chair of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee in 2010 and worked through a $483 million deficit, oftentimes at odds with Mayor Gavin Newsom over spending priorities.
"I’ve seen how Gavin Newsom struggled with the budget,” Avalos said. “I’m not afraid of what it takes. I stand up well to pressure. And I believe I can put an administration together that can bring out the best in San Francisco.”
Avalos, who climbed the political ladder first as a legislative aide to firebrand Supervisor Chris Daly, stands as the candidate leaning farthest to the left amid several viable mayoral hopefuls. They include City Attorney Dennis Herrera, former Supervisors Bevan Dufty, Michela Alioto-Pier and Tony Hall, state Sen. Leland Yee, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, venture capitalist Joanna Rees and Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting.
“I think it’s an honor to carry the progressive banner,” Avalos said. “I believe San Francisco is a progressive city and my campaign is going to appeal to every neighborhood in San Francisco.”