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Add Mark Leno's Name to the List

A local Chamber of Commerce poll shows Leno would be popular candidate



    Add Mark Leno's Name to the List
    Kelly Huston
    State Senator Mark Leno isn't ruling out a run for mayor of San Francisco in 2011.

    Add yet another name to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's list of potential successors to the throne of City Hall: State Senator Mark Leno.

    After a recent poll by the city's Chamber of Commerce showed that the senator would be a popular candidate, Leno told the San Francisco Chronicle that a mayoral campaign isn't out of the question.

    "I'm looking at it at this point."

    Newsom is termed out as of 2012.  By the way, Newsom is still "considering" a run for lieutenant governor.  A final decision is due by the state's campaign filing deadline, which is Friday.

    Leno joins a number of rumored candidates, including State Senator Leland Yee, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and a bunch of other people, probably including a handful of crazy fringe candidates, because this is San Francisco and we wouldn't have it any other way.

    As for Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who is the only declared candidate? SFist, citing anonymous sources, reports that the word among the wonks is that Dufty might consider bowing out if Leno runs.

    What, San Francisco isn't big enough for two big, gay mayoral candidates?

    Jackson West would once again like to deny any rumors that he'll be running for mayor.