The champion of the popular local hiring law, District 11 Supervisor John Avalos said Thursday that he will decide within a week if he will throw his hat into the mayor’s race. Avalos would be the only candidate in the race who is thought of as a core progressive and, as such, could hamper efforts by candidates such as Board of Supervisors President David Chiu to appeal to the progressive voting base in an effort to gain their top choice in the ranked choice voting system.
Most recently, Avalos led the charge to eliminate a charge on nonresidents to enter the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, but lost the fight in a narrow 6-5 vote, with core progressives on the board siding with him.
Avalos rose up in the political world as a legislative aide to Supervisor Chris Daly, and after being elected to office came into his own as he chaired the board’s Budget and Finance Committee during challenging budget years.
Avalos would join a crowded field of mayoral hopefuls, including City Attorney Dennis Herrera, former Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Michela Alioto-Pier, State Sen. Leland Yee, venture capitalist Joanna Rees and Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting.