Ed Lee says no to run for San Francisco mayor 

Former City Administrator Ed Lee catapulted to the most power public office in San Francisco with just a vote by the Board of Supervisors and with the help of former mayors Gavin Newsom and Willie Brown and Chinatown political power Rose Pak.

But with a mayoral election in November, Lee’s office post will comes to an end in just a year. Wouldn’t all that power be tough to simply walk way from?

Nothing prohibits Lee from running for election. Although Newsom and others have said the interim mayor should be a “caretaker” and not seek election.

But serving the post for one year puts Lee in advantageous position if he did throw his hat in the ring, being an incumbent of sorts. But Lee said such talk is “just rumors,” when pressed by a reporter Thursday during a media conference call while he was in Washington, D.C.

“My position is that I will serve out this remaining term and then I will seek my job as city administrator so I can get a lot of stuff done,” Lee said.

So the answer is no — at least for now.

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