Gavin Newsom to seek lieutenant governor's post

San Francisco mayor seen as top contender in 3-candidate on June 8 Democratic primary ballot

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced this morning that he will seek the Democratic Party nomination for lieutenant governor in the primary race on June 8.

Newsom, who in October dropped out the race for the governor's seat, said he is intrigued by the idea of working at the state level.

A poll conducted earlier this year of 600 likely Democratic voters statewide showed Newsom receiving 33 percent of the vote, compared to 17 percent for Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn and 15 percent for state Sen. Dean Florez from Kern County whose names also will be on party's ballot for lieutenants governor.

The poll showed 35 percent of voters were undecided at that time.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. today to enter the primary.

If Newsom were to win the lieutenant governor's seat in the November election, he would remain mayor until taking the seat in January 2011. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu would then become mayor until the board, by a vote of six or greater, appointed an interim mayor.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Posted by bob123
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

God save us from Jerry and Gavin ...where are real leaders instead of a recycled 72 year old lib and/or the role model for the "new" left?

Ask yourself-- are SF/Oak streets cleaner,safer? Are the public schools in either city better now than 8 years ago? Do the cities have a balanced budget or even a smaller deficit than 5 years ago? Are entitlement programs more eficently run now verses a mere 5 years ago? Do you trust Gavin with your wife? Will either stand up or better yet did either stand up to public employee unions?

Not a single "yes" is there--so why vote for either of these people and expect them to improve things at the state level when they could not make a positive objectively measured differnce at a major city level?

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

I agree with Bob123. Here comes more entitlement programs if Jerry and Gavin win. Gavin is only running to set himself up to run for governor in the future. Ask Oakland P.D officers what they think of Jerry Brown. God help us all if they win!!!

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

We are in a Sad State of Affairs when we get the likes of Gavin and Jerry.

Also, it says alot about the Dems and the Republicans parties that it is the best they can do. I am against the recycled RETREADS. Let both ride off in to the Sunset, never to be heard from again !!

Also, let's replaced the Lawmakers in California. The current leaders have messed up our State

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm

sorry lost my vote when I read that you betrayed your best friend and had sex with his wife...

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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Danville
on Mar 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Was born in S.F. during the '60s. This use to be a beautiful state long ago. Boy did it go downhill, so fast. Not only in local government it's mess, no real quality people to run the state, it's also in the major gov./scene as well. The division gets deeper.

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

I had a neutral opinion on Gavin Newsom (don't like him, don't hate him either), until he had sex with his campaign manager's wife. That's despicable. Affairs are one thing and they happen, but to do it with someone that close to you is truly awful.

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