Supervisor Scott Wiener announced his candidacy for the State Senate, today.
His announcement confirms a long-known, long talked of candidacy. Many politicians speculated Wiener would run for the State Senate seat as far back as January of this year.
The seat is now occupied by Sen. Mark Leno, who will be termed out in 2016.
“While we are fortunate to live in a region filled with opportunity and resources, San Francisco and the entire Bay Area are facing significant challenges that will shape our lives for years to come. Our challenge is how we manage those resources so everyone benefits,” Wiener said in a statement. “I will fight for better and more reliable transportation, more housing for people of all income levels, improved open space and parks, innovative approaches to our very real environmental challenges, and broad access to affordable, quality health care and public education.”
His potential political opponents in the senate race are Supervisors Jane Kim and David Campos and possibly former-Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, though sources tell the San Francisco Examiner that Ammiano is leaning towards not running.
Ammiano would be a strong opponent for Wiener. A poll in April by David Binder Associates and paid for by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club shows Ammiano leading with 41 percent approval of likely voters, with Wiener trailing at 27 percent and 22 percent undecided.
Wiener is noted for championing nightlife and public transit in San Francisco. He famously came to political blows with Mayor Ed Lee over the mayor not putting a vehicle license fee measure on San Francisco’s ballot last November. Wiener, who noted the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency needed additional funding, then championed Proposition B, which tied funding increases for the SFMTA to San Francisco’s population.
It was seen then as a bold move crossing a many-time political ally, Mayor Lee.
Wiener has drawn ire from political progressive groups in San Francisco. Recently he voted against tighter restrictions for tech company Airbnb from Supervisor David Campos, and was the lead opponent against a moratorium on market rate housing in the Mission District, also proposed by Campos.