Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has declared he will run for San Francisco Sheriff, putting an end to speculation that he might run for mayor.
Mirkarimi, who represents District 5, told SF Weekly that he just now pulled papers from the elections department at City Hall, declaring his intention to run for the position. He had been "seriously considering" both the mayor's race and the sheriff's race, but Sheriff Michael Hennessey's announcement on Friday that he would not seek re-election sealed the deal for Mirkarimi.
"There are a lot of people running for mayor and with Hennessey announcing his retirement Friday it made it clear that there is an opportunity for me to advance issues we all know that I've been talking about since before I was a supervisor," Mirkarimi said.
Mirkarimi, who left the Green Party and became a Democrat, wants to take his progressive politics and continue what Hennessey has already started in terms of reforming the criminal justice system.
"He has put the San Francisco Sheriff's Department on the map in the nation by innovating programs unlike any other city in the United States," Mirkarimi said. "And yet San Francisco must still step up its game and address the chronically high recidivism rate that seems to vex the San Francisco criminal justice system."
Mirkarimi said the city needs an independent thinker like himself to carry on Hennessey's cutting edge style.
"There is a great risk with all the gain Sheriff Hennessey has made of being lost if someone who is very independent-thinking does not get into the race," Mirkarimi said.
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