Former supervisor announces candidacy for mayor

It’s official — Tony Hall is running for mayor.

Hall, a former supervisor who was later dumped as chief of Treasure Island after accusing Mayor Gavin Newsom of making deals with potential island developers, filed paperwork for his candidacy with the Department of Elections Thursday afternoon.

“I’m in this race,” Hall told The Examiner. “It’s not about fighting Gavin, it’s about doing the job that needs to be done to restore the glory of San Francisco.”

Hall, 65, a registered independent who is considered conservative compared with most San Franciscans, said Newsom has largely ignored growing problems in The City with homelessness and crime while failing to boost business and job opportunities.

“It’s about giving San Franciscans a choice of someone who’s actually going to do the hard work to make The City better, or Gavin’s approach of politics over performance,” said Hall, who noted that he has 30 years of experience in public service.

Although more than a dozen candidates have filed paperwork to run for mayor, Hall is the first candidate with the political credentials to make some strides in the race.

“There are a lot of moderates and people on the right who are frustrated with Newsom,” political analyst David Latterman said. “I know he [Hall] appeals to the more conservative faction of The City numerically.However, there’s just not enough of them to win.”

Another candidate — from the progressive faction of The City — will be announced by June 2, according to Supervisor Chris Daly, who has said he hopes former Supervisor and mayoral candidate Matt Gonzalez, a Green Party member, will jump into the race.

Jennifer Petrucione, a spokesperson for Newsom’s re-election campaign, said the mayor “looks forward to putting his record before the voters,” noting that during Newsom’s tenure unemployment has dropped and The City’s budget deficit has been reduced.

Hall left his supervisor seat in 2004 to become head of Treasure Island — part of a “triple play” on the part of a newly-elected Mayor Newsom to gain another ally on the Board of Supervisors. Hall moved from the board to Treasure Island; then-Treasure Island head Annemarie Conroy moved into the top job at the Office of Emergency Services. It allowed Newsom to appoint Sean Elsbernd to Hall’s Board of Supervisors seat.

The plan backfired, however, with Hall going head-to-head with the Mayor’s Office regarding control of redevelopment of the island, and Hall was ousted by the Treasure Island Development Authority.

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