On Monday and as expected, current San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu announced that he was throwing his hat into the ring for mayor of San Francisco. I blogged earlier that California State Senator Leland Yee is perceived as the front runner, as he has served San Francisco and the state of California in many different capacities.
California State Assembly woman Fiona Ma, a former San Francisco City Supervisor herself, announced on the same day that Chiu announced that during an interview she expressed no interest in running for mayor:
Ma said she grew sick of city politics while she served on the Board of Supervisors from 2002 to 2006, comparing the atmosphere at City Hall to the reality TV show “Survivor,” “where everyone is backstabbing everyone else trying to get them off the island.”
That’s good that Ma is not running because there are about eight credible and serious candidates running for mayor of San Francisco to replace interim Mayor Ed Lee and over thirty people who have filed to run. With ranked choice voting, there appears to be a a free-for-all.
Now for those of you who do not live in the Bay Area, you might not care who is running for mayor of San Francisco. As an Asian American, I do think it is important to have viable and visible Asian American candidates running for office to continue to help break stereotypes and that Asian Americans can be civic leaders, especially in San Francisco with the largest percentage of Asian Americans of any large American city.