Newsom: Chu is ‘clear front-runner’ for vacant District 4 seat

The “clear frontrunner” for the District 4 seat vacated by Ed Jew is Supervisor Carmen Chu, Mayor Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

Chu was appointed by the mayor to fill in for Jew after Newsom suspended the supervisor for “official misconduct.” Now that Jew has resigned, the mayor is charged with making a formal appointment to the position, which would still be contested this November.

“I know that at this point there’s a choice to be made about whether I’d like to continue in this role,” Chu said after meeting with Newsom to discuss the future of the seat.

In comments before their meeting Thursday afternoon, Newsom praised Chu, a former deputy director in his Budget Office, as “thoughtful, deliberate and engaged.”

“I hope she’ll consider committing to extending her term, and if she is, I’m going to take that very seriously,”Newsom said.

The District 4 seat will be up for election

Nov. 4, and then again on Nov. 2, 2010, when Jew’s term was originally set to expire.

Doug Chan, a former police commissioner who ran and lost in the race for the District 4 seat in 2006 despite the backing of Newsom, said he is “currently evaluating [his] options given the change in circumstances.”

In 2006, Jew barely beat out businessman Ron Dudum for the seat. Dudum could not be reached for comment.

dsmith@examiner.com

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