Mayor’s office remains mum on District 5 appointment 

The days are running out for Mayor Ed Lee to decide who will sit in the District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors when Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi becomes sheriff on Sunday.  Lee, who is charged with appointing someone to serve out Mirkarimi’s term, has yet to announce who he will pick. There has been a long list of names as possible picks.

The latest name that has been swirling around as a possibility is Karen Mauney-Brodek, a deputy director for Park Planning with the Recreation and Park Department and president of the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association.

It has been expected Lee will make an announcement this week before his inauguration on Sunday, when he officially begins serving his first four-year term as mayor.

“The mayor is doing his due diligence and thoroughly considering the attributes and characteristics of potential candidates who would serve the district well and someone who can win a permanent seat on their own,” the mayor’s office said Tuesday afternoon.

Mauney-Brodek would certainly shoot down criticism that Lee was doing the bidding of Chinatown leader Rose Pak or former Mayor Willie Brown, both of whom helped ensure Lee’s ascent into San Francisco’s most powerful elected position.  

Some of those mentioned as possible appointees are also waiting to hear the news, uncertain about when a decision will be made and whom it might be. Among those on the possible appointee list is London Breed, executive director of the African American Art and Culture Complex. Breed, who is aligned with Brown and worked in his administration, said on Tuesday afternoon she had yet to hear from the mayor directly and hasn’t heard any news about a possible appointee, whether it is herself or someone else.

Whomever Lee does appoint is up for election in November, an election former District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly is considering jumping into. But Daly may not be allowed to even run if he chooses to. A supervisor must be termed out of office for four years to run again for their seat, and Daly has been termed out just one year from District 6, but he thinks the city charter might allow him to run for a different seat before then.

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