Matt Gonzalez was a City Supervisor in San Francisco as a Green from 2000 to 2005, and was also elected the Board of Supervisors President (he is no longer a member of the Green Party, after having run as Ralph Nader’s vice presidential candidate in his 2008 independent campaign). In 2003, he narrowly lost the city’s election for mayor to Gavin Newsom. Newsom will become Lt. Governor of California in January, so the current Board of Supervisors is considering a replacement. Gonzalez’s name has come up.
More than a half-dozen names of a possible successor have surfaced, among them Chiu, Campos, state Sen. Mark Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, San Francisco Public Utilities Chief Ed Harrington and former Supervisors Matt Gonzalez and Aaron Peskin.
Supervisors set no deadline for making a selection but might move within weeks. Next week, the board clerk will present supervisors with a proposed process for nominating and selecting a successor mayor.