Alioto-Pier drops out of statewide office race 

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier has dropped out of her race for state insurance commissioner after recently suffering a leg injury that required surgery, which she underwent last week, according to her husband Tom Pier.

The demands of recovery, her job as supervisor, and raising her three children prompted her to make the decision to quit the race, Pier said.

As for when Alioto-Pier will return to City Hall, “It’s up to the doctors,” Pier said.

The decision also raises another issue. City Attorney Dennis Herrera has issued an opinion that Alioto-Pier is termed out of her District 2 in January 2011. As The Examiner first reported in March 2008, Alioto-Pier has sought to overturn that opinion, which would mean that she cannot run for re-election. 

“She’s keeping her options open and may pursue another term,” Pier said

Pier said that one option would be simply taking out the papers to run again, which would then require the City Attorney or anyone else to try and prove she cannot run for another term. Pier put it simply: “We do not agree” with the City Attorney’s opinion.  

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