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After staggering loss, Jeff Sheehy drops out of November D8 supervisor race

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Supervisor Jeff Sheehy on Monday said he would not run again for District 8’s supervisorial seat in November. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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Outgoing Supervisor Jeff Sheehy will not seek re-election in November, he confirmed Monday.

His decision follows a staggering 23-percentage point loss to his opponent, City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees member Rafael Mandelman, in The City’s June election.

Sheehy, The City’s first supervisor openly living with HIV, represents District 8 on the Board of Supervisors, which includes the Castro District and Noe Valley, among other neighborhoods.

“First and foremost, I want to thank my family for their love and support over the past 18 months,” Sheehy wrote to me in a text message statement, “I am grateful for the time I have served and will not seek election in November.”

Sheehy lost in last week’s election with 11,000 votes from District 8, to Mandelman’s 18,000, or 37.8 percent to 60.3 — a whopping gap. Frankly its no surprise that Sheehy would back out of a November run.

Sheehy’s decision not to run was first reported by the San Francisco Public Press text message reporting project, which you can follow here.

Sheehy was appointed to the board by the late Mayor Ed Lee in January last year to replace former supervisor Scott Wiener, who had just won his state senate bid. But since Lee’s death in December, Sheehy had been a man without a country, a role he cemented when he cast the key vote to appoint Supervisor Mark Farrell as mayor in an upset that saw then-Acting Mayor London Breed removed from the post.

The decision left the moderate-aligned Sheehy without support from the moderate wing of The City’s politicians, who supported Breed, and without support from the progressive-Democrat wing of The City’s politicians, who supported Mandelman.

The June election determined who would fill out Wiener’s term as supervisor, with another election for the same District 8 seat scheduled for November for a full four-year term. The deadline for candidates to file to run in the November election is Tuesday. No major candidate has yet to file, signaling a clear path for Mandelman in November.

At least one rumored opponent, City College Board of Trustees Vice President Alex Randolph, who was also named as a top-runner for District 8 appointees last year, told me he’s “very happy” in his current role and doesn’t plan to run for supervisor in November.

Still, Mandleman isn’t taking that for granted, as The City’s moderate wing could still find a credible challenger between now and the end of Tuesday.

“We still don’t know if we’ll have an opponent in November and until tomorrow at 5 p.m. we won’t find out,” he told me. “We still have 30 hours.”

In the meantime, he said, he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and work.

On Guard prints the news and raises hell each week. Email Fitz at joe@sfexaminer.com, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @FitztheReporter, and Facebook at facebook.com/FitztheReporter.

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