San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom put an end to speculation by announcing his run for California’s Lieutenant Governor. A recent San Francisco Chronicle story reports:
“San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will announce this morning that he’s running for lieutenant governor of California, The Chronicle has learned. The move fuels a firestorm of speculation about his odds of winning and who might replace him in Room 200 at City Hall if he heads to Sacramento.
Newsom had remained coy about whether he’d run for weeks, but on Wednesday he took out nomination papers and paid a $2,609.80 filing fee.
Many political analysts say Newsom will be the candidate to beat in the Democratic primary June 8. A statewide poll of likely voters conducted earlier this year by San Francisco pollster Ben Tulchin showed Newsom grabbing 33 percent of the primary vote.
Declared candidates Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn and state Sen. Dean Florez of Shafter (Kern County) took 17 and 15 percent, respectively, with the rest undecided. The poll spurred Newsom, who had ridiculed the notion of running for the state’s No. 2 job in the midst of his failed campaign for governor, to reconsider.″