Mayor backs Black against Daly

District Six supervisorial candidate faces Newsom foe

More than 30 people crowded into a small alley between Fifth and Sixth Streets to see Mayor Gavin Newsom officially throw his political muscle behind newcomer Rob Black in the race for District Six supervisor.

On Sunday, the Mayor announced that he is endorsing the San Francisco attorney and legislative aide to Supervisor Michela Alito-Pier in his quest to unseat incumbent Supervisor Chris Daly in November.

“I’m very enthusiastic about supporting Rob in his quest to gain this seat,” Newsom said.

The mayor commended Black’s experience at City Hall and progressive values as key factors to earning his endorsement to represent the district that includes South Beach, SOMA, the Financial District, Upper Market and Treasure Island.

Black, originally from New Mexico, is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He volunteered for President Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign, worked for the California Democratic Party on Clinton’s reelection campaign and served as an election monitor for South America, Asia and Africa.

The candidate gathered residents at the site of a newly completed community mural on Tehama Street on Sunday among the backdrop of open ladders, yellow paint buckets and drop cloths. Both Black and Newsom applauded the project as one example of District Six residents taking the improvement of their neighborhood into their own hands.

“I just really strongly believe that everyone deserves to be heard by the Board of Supervisors,” Black said about one of the reasons he decided to run against Supervisor Daly.

A few of Daly’s supporters were scattered in the crowd holding signs in support of the incumbent and passing out flyers pointing out the Supervisor’s work in getting The City’s newest school built in the district, securing $1.5 million to fund the nation’s only Filipino black box theater, improving street safety and securing $85 million for investment in the SoMa area from the developers of the Rincon Hill housing project. Daly has served on the board for the past five years and was last reelected in 2002.

Newsom’s endorsement of Black is not the first time he has gone against Daly, considered to be one of the mayor’s more vocal critics on the Board of Supervisors. In the June election, Newsom criticized two ballot measures authored by Daly and campaigned against their approval.

sfarooq@examiner.com

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