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SF progressive leaders unite behind Matt Haney in D6 race

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San Francisco Board of Education Commissioner Matt Haney. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

With Board of Education Commissioner Matt Haney shoring up support among progressive leaders to run in the Board of Supervisors District 6 race in November 2018, one rumored candidate is no longer in the mix.

Sunny Angulo, former legislative aide to current District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, who is termed out of office, told the San Francisco Examiner on Tuesday that she would not run in the contest. Angulo is the current legislative aide to District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

Angulo said her decision not to run is to “unify the left” behind Haney after progressive leaders such as former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and former Supervisor David Campos lined up to back Haney. Kim has also endorsed Haney.

Though she once lived in District 6, Angulo is a District 5 resident and would have had to move back to the district to run.

Haney pulled papers Tuesday to run for supervisor in District 6, which includes the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods.

His supporters include progressive supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer Hillary Ronen, and City College of San Francisco Trustee Tom Temprano.

Board of Education President Shamann Walton and Vice President Hydra Mendoza, who also serves as education advisor to Mayor Ed Lee, have also backed Haney. Walton is a candidate for District 10.

Haney is an attorney who works with CNN political commentator Van Jones at Dream Corps, which aims to connect underprivileged youth with the tech industry and reduce the U.S. prison population.

Haney said in a statement that he would focus on public safety as supervisor.

“I’ve seen first hand how unaddressed crime can have serious consequences,” Haney said. “The robberies, car break-ins and open-air drug dealing can’t just be ignored. I’m as frustrated as you are and will be out there in the streets and in our police stations working to ensure that all of our residents are safe and protected.”

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Haney will vie for the seat against Sonja Trauss, head of the pro-development group San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation. Trauss has the support of moderate California Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, who is also a former supervisor.

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