Dennis Herrera Wants To Be the Next Gavin Newsom

San Francisco finally has an interesting mayoral candidate.

No offense to anyone who has already expressed interest or is rumored to want to take over the City by the bay. But none of them seem to have the outward pizazz to fill current Mayor Gavin Newsom's shoes. Then again, Newsom's future aspirations don't seem to have enough pizazz to fill his shoes either.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has finally confirmed a long standing rumor: he will run for Newsom's job when his term ends in 2012. Though Newsom is current the Democratic party's candidate for California lieutenant governor.

Herrera sent an email to the San Francisco Chronicle confirming his interest in becoming the City's next mayor.

''Strong leadership takes hard work, a commitment to the right priorities, and the ability to put problem solving ahead of politics,'' he said in the email. ''That's the leadership I've demonstrated as City Attorney. And that's exactly the kind of leadership we need in San Francisco's next mayor.''

The same-sex marriage advocate has held his current job since 2001. He has also served on the San Francisco Police Commission. Herrera joins a list of candidates that includes Supervisor Bevan Dufty and a possible late challenge from Chicken John.

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