Run, Ed, Run committee Progress for All isn’t shutting down, co-chair says 

Last week, the Run, Ed, Run campaign dropped off a stack of signatures, held a rally outside City Hall, and then said they were shutting the campaign down.

Everyone thought that meant the committee running the campaign, Progress for All, was closing despite being $22,000 in debt. But after a story ran Friday about how volunteers on that Run, Ed, Run campaign will most likely be barred from working on a Lee campaign in the future, we got an email from one of the co-chairs, Assistant District Attorney Victor Hwang.

“I wanted to clarify that Progress for All has not disbanded as reported in your article,” he wrote. “We have brought our ‘Run, Ed, Run’ campaign to a close, but plan to continue to work on other campaigns related to increasing citizen participation in good government.”

That is what campaign manager Enrique Pearce has been claiming all along, yet the Ethics Commission doesn’t buy it. Ethics Commission Executive Director John St. Croix has repeatedly asked for the committee to file as a campaign with the sole purpose of electing Lee.

Hwang says that voters can anticipate outreach in the future from the campaign.

“We do not plan on working on any mayoral campaigns under ‘Progress for All,’ but will continue to advocate to bring competent, qualified candidates in other arenas to public service as many of us have been doing for decades.”

Should make an interesting conversation later today when the Ethics Commission meets to discuss it all at 5:30 p.m.

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