Progressives Fail to Find Candidate to Challenge Newsom

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco progressives are still waiting for a leader to take on Mayor Gavin Newsom in November.

Hundreds from the city's left-leaning progressive community gathered yesterday to find a candidate to challenge the popular mayor's re-election bid.

But several possible contenders stepped up only to say they wouldn't run - or were just thinking about it.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi ended months of speculation by saying it wasn't the right time for him to run.

Supervisor Chris Daly - Newsom's most vocal rival - said he still had to talk it over with his family.

More than a dozen challengers have filed papers announcing they intend to run against Newsom -- including a homeless man, a nudist activist and a professional clown.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle

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