Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Newsom backs Wiener for D8 supe


Scott Wiener has received Mayor Gavin Newsom's endorsement for the District 8 supervisor race. Photo: Courtesy Scott Wiener
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He has yet to officially declare his intention to seek the District 8 supervisor seat in 2010, but deputy city attorney Scott Wiener has already lined up the backing of Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Wiener disclosed the mayor's endorsement to the Bay Area Reporter after it posted a story online Monday, March 2 that discussed rumors that Newsom aide Alex Randolph could jump into the race after he recently moved into the Castro. The story noted Randolph's being Newsom's liaison to both D8 and the LGBT community could give him a leg up in gaining his boss' backing.

But Wiener, who intends to pull papers for the race in either April or May, said he lined up Newsom's support last November.

"I'm proud to have the mayor's strong support," wrote Wiener in an e-mail. "He gave me a strong endorsement, and I have no reason to think he'll endorse anyone else."

Mayoral spokesman Nathan Ballard said Newsom has been impressed with Wiener for his playing a key role in the development of the LGBT Community Center, serving as a director of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, and "distinguishing himself" as a director of the Human Rights Campaign.

"Mayor Newsom believes that Scott Wiener, a Harvard-trained deputy city attorney, is extraordinarily well-qualified to serve as a supervisor. Scott is a dedicated public servant, and the mayor is proud to support him," wrote Ballard in an e-mail response to questions.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who is termed out of office and plans to run for mayor, said he does not plan to endorse a successor at this time. He said he wants to wait to see who jumps into the race before picking a favored candidate.

"Right now I don't think that is a role I should play," said Dufty, adding that he is not ruling out making an endorsement at some point.

Those expected to enter the race include former Dufty aide Rebecca Prozan, now a deputy district attorney; city Public Utilities Commission staffer Laura Spanjian; and Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club President Rafael Mandelman.

Last week Mandelman received the endorsement of Alix Rosenthal, an Oakland deputy city attorney who lost her bid to unseat Dufty three years ago and opted not to launch a second bid for the seat.

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