The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, is running for Lt. Governor of California currently and is largely considered the frontrunner for both the Democratic nomination and the eventual win. Should Newsom win, an Interim Mayor will need to be appointed–apparently several figures familiar to the third-party world are being mentioned for the job.
The lefty shortlist includes such Progressive notables as current Board President David Chiu, Assembly Member Tom Ammiano, former Board President Aaron Peskin, Supervisors John Avalos, Eric Mar, Ross Mirkarimi, and David Campos, who has an outsider’s chance of gaining acting mayor approval from longtime centrist compadre, Supervisor Bevan Dufty.There’s good reason Gonzalez is also being considered for the interim post: Gonzalez has the highest vote totals in a race for San Francisco mayor without winning, narrowly losing to Newsom in 2003 with 119,329 votes to Newsom’s 133,546 votes.
Gonzalez declined to comment on the current rumor.
Gonzalez is the former President of Supervisors who was elected as a Green. He also ran for Mayor as a Green and then left the Green Party in 2007 in order to join Ralph Nader’s ticket as vice presidential nominee. Ross Mirkarimi is a former Green Party supervisor from San Francisco too, but he left that party for the Democratic Party.
Gavin Newsom, the current Mayor, has his own third party connection. His girlfriend, Jennifer Siebel, accidentally registered into the American Independent Party in 2008 while trying to change her registration from Republican to No-party.