Just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Supervisor Jane Kim’s official statement about her running for state Senate District 11 was issued, setting the stage for a heated contest against Supervisor Scott Wiener who declared his candidacy July 1.
Kim’s statement makes it clear her campaign will focus on the rising inequality in San Francisco and north San Mateo, which the seat represents. “For decades, the Bay Area’s strength has been the diversity of innovators, immigrants, artists, and entrepreneurs who call the region home. But in recent years, many no longer feel they can meet the expenses to stay in the region,” Kim said in the statement.
The statement included a list of her endorsements, such as Assemblymembers Phil Ting, former state Senator Carole Migden, former State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos and Norman Yee and former Supervisor Bevan Dufty.
“We have an important choice ahead — will we watch our neighbors move because they can no longer afford to live here or do we fight together to remain a diverse region of innovation and opportunity?” Kim said in the statement.
The statement highlighted some of her legislative accomplishments, like pushing for a higher minimum wage, passing new eviction protections for tenants, and working to increase below market rate housing requirements for large developments.
The senate race will be decided by voters in November 2016.