Supervisor to file papers to run for mayor

Supervisor Bevan Dufty is making it official: He will file papers today to declare his run for San Francisco’s next mayor.

The race that will decide who leads The City in 2012 will assuredly become a tough battle with some of San Francisco’s best-known and popular political figures expected to enter the field.

Dufty had told The Examiner in July 2008 that he planned to run for the post, and today he will file the official papers with the Elections Department declaring his intent and begin raising money for his campaign.

In his successful elections for District 8 supervisor, Dufty imposed his own contribution limit of $100 and only accepted contributions from those within the district. He is now pledging to accept up to $200 contributions from those in boundaries of The City. The maximum allowable under city rules is $500 per person.

Steve Hildebrand, who served as President Barack Obama’s deputy national campaign manager during Obama’s campaign for the presidency, will advise Dufty’s campaign.

Serving on the Board of Supervisors, Dufty is often in line with Mayor Gavin Newsom’s political stances, but he has also sided at times with the progressive bloc. He was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, representing the Noe Valley and Castro neighborhoods. He is termed out of office in 2010.

Dufty, who worked in various positions at City Hall for 16 years, said he is a proven collaborator.

“I have never walked into the board chambers with six votes,” Dufty said.

It takes six votes to pass legislation.

Possible candidates Dufty may have to battle against include City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and state Sen. Leland Yee, to name a few.

One factor that could come into play and influence the outcome is an unusual scenario. Newsom is running for governor of California. If Newsom wins, he is sworn into office on Jan. 3, 2011 and must resign as mayor. The president of the Board of Supervisors would become mayor for 30 days. Then, the board will vote to determine who will serve as the interim mayor — it could be any registered voter in San Francisco.

The person who fills in as interim could have a considerable advantage in the race. Voters will decide their next mayor at the polls on Nov. 8, 2011.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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