As filing deadline passes, San Francisco supervisor races take shape 

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The players are finalized and all that remains now is the drama over who will emerge in November to serve on the Board of Supervisors for the next four years.

There are six open seats on the 11-member board, and after Friday’s 5 p.m. filing deadline there was little in the way of surprises. Perhaps the biggest suspense was whether a serious challenger would emerge to take on board President David Chiu, who represents District 3, which includes Chinatown and North Beach.

Previous District 3 officeholder Aaron Peskin had been weighing a run against Chiu. The current chair of the influential Telegraph Hill Dwellers neighborhood group, Jon Golinger, also was considering a run, but on Friday said he had decided he could best serve the district in his current role.

While Chiu won’t have those scrapes, he is facing upset hopefuls in architect Joseph Butler, who runs a private firm, and Marc Bruno, who just sued The City over Muni’s Central Subway project. Both candidates are taking on an incumbent who has already amassed $147,000 in campaign donations. Both men gave similar reasons for running: More attention needs to be given to the needs of residents.

“David is just not an on-the-street kind of guy,” Bruno said. “He’s well-intentioned, but he’s a technocrat.”

Butler said there is the need for a “neighborhood up government.”

Chiu’s camp rejected that assessment.

“David has delivered again and again to move our neighborhoods forward — from rebuilding playgrounds and parks to supporting small businesses and creating local jobs,” said Chiu’s political consultant Nicole Derse, adding that Chiu looks forward to discussing with residents “shared priorities” for the next four years.

Also joining that race is opera singer Wilma Pang, who has run for local office in the past.

No one filed to take on Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods, nor Supervisor John Avalos in the Excelsior district.

But District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar is locked in a heated battle over in the Richmond district against challenger David Lee, the former Recreation and Park Commission member and owner of a State Farm Insurance office.  Store manager Sherman D’Silva, who ran in 2008, also filed to run.

Eight candidates are vying for the seat in District 5, which includes the Fillmore and Western Addition neighborhoods.

Incumbent Christina Olague, who was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee when Ross Mirkarimi was elected sheriff, is looking to fend off challengers London Breed of the African American Art and Culture Complex; businesswoman and mother Thea Selby; Sierra Club member John Rizzo; and Julian Davis, president of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center.

The only race without an incumbent is District 7, with labor union-backed F.X. Crowley, former Board of Appeals Chairman Mike Garcia and Board of Education President Norman Yee as the top fundraisers in the nine-candidate battle to replace termed-out Supervisor Sean Elsbernd.

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