Tang gains challenger in Sunset 

click to enlarge Appointed Supervisor Katy Tang served as ex-Supervisor Carmen Chu’s legislative aide before Chu left the District 4 position to serve as assessor-recorder. - MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
  • Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo
  • Appointed Supervisor Katy Tang served as ex-Supervisor Carmen Chu’s legislative aide before Chu left the District 4 position to serve as assessor-recorder.

The District 4 appointee to the Board of Supervisors will seemingly escape having to contend with the cutthroat politics that sunk Mayor Ed Lee’s other board appointee last November.

After Tuesday’s filing deadline to submit 1,000 registered voter signatures instead of paying a fee to run for supervisor, only one candidate emerged to challenge incumbent Sunset district Supervisor Katy Tang.

Ivan Seredni, 64, moved to the Sunset three years ago after living in Chico. He said Tuesday he decided to run for office after his wife encouraged him to “stop complaining” and do something about his gripes.

He added that two of his issues are a lack of maintenance for both roads and Muni.

Seredni said he brings a valuable outside perspective to the challenges facing The City and his decades of business experience qualify him for the job. Seredni was the longtime business manager at Catamount Broadcasting, which owns the CBS affiliate KHSL-TV (Ch.  12) in Chico. He currently works as an accountant for San Francisco Suicide Prevention.

As for his formidable opponent, Seredni said, “She’s an attractive young lady. I don’t know that she has enough experience.”

Lee appointed Tang, 29, on Feb. 27  after he named her predecessor and former boss, Carmen Chu, to replace Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, who was elected to the state Assembly in November.

Tang, who grew up in the Sunset district, was Chu’s legislative aide and once worked in former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s budget office.

David Latterman, a University of San Francisco political analyst who also consults local candidates, said Tang is unbeatable.
“Katy’s popular,” Latterman said. “She’s the right race, the right politics, has the right connections.”

Tang is Chinese and a Mandarin speaker representing a district where, Latterman said, nearly 50 percent of voter turnout is of Chinese descent.

Lee’s first Board of Supervisors appointee since becoming mayor was trounced in November. Christina Olague faced seven challengers in a tense and fierce political contest to represent the Haight, Fillmore and Western Addition neighborhoods of District 5. She lost to London Breed.

But the Sunset is different. “It’s a neighborhood race,” Latterman said. “There won’t be any big ideological fight out there.”

Seredni might not end up being Tang’s only challenger, as the deadline to file while having to pay the $500 fee is June 11.

There also are three other elected positions on the November ballot, and there’s not much of a fight expected against Assessor-Recorder Chu, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and City Treasurer Jose Cisneros  No one has submitted papers to challenge any of them; the deadline is Aug. 9.


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