San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, who has aligned herself with the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, has filed to run for mayor of San Francisco.
A special election is set for June 5 to replace the late Ed Lee who died of a heart attack last week.
Board President London Breed is temporarily filling the seat under provisions of the city charter. However, the Board will meet in early January to formally appoint an acting mayor who would serve until a new mayor is elected. Breed had previously expressed a desire to run for Lee’s seat after his term expired, but has not yet indicated if she will run in the special election. She is considered part of the moderate faction on the board.
“San Francisco has the fastest growing income gap in the country,” said Kim to CBS5. “I would really ask all of our residents and businesses big and small to come together to see how we can address our income gap between the healthy and poor.”
Kim also vowed to be more aggressive than Lee in ending homelessness.
“It has been an approach that the city has been reluctant to take because it’s expensive.We need to explore the possibility of city-sanctioned sites for people to camp so they’re not on our doorsteps or our alleyways.”
According to SF Weekly, Kim was instrumental in making City College of San Francisco tuition free and in creating Compton’s TGLB District and San Francisco’s Leather District.
She ran for State Senate, but was defeated by then Supervisor Scott Weiner in a close race.
Others to have already declared their candidacies are former state Sen. Mark Leno, former Supervisor Angela Alioto, and Lee’s re-election challenger Amy Farrah Weiss.
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