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Monday, September 20, 2010

Michela Alioto-Pier Picks a Successor. Do Voters Care?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 8:15 AM

click to enlarge Michela Alioto-Pier's a Mark Farrell fan. Will voters follow?
  • Michela Alioto-Pier's a Mark Farrell fan. Will voters follow?
The Chronicle is reporting that termed-out Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier will throw her support to would-be successor Mark Farrell. This confirms what we'd heard, too. The question is -- do voters give a damn?

It's a legitimate question in a district where Alioto-Pier always retained a high approval rate -- up over 60 percent, we're told -- and a poll revealed her winning in a romp, had she succeeded in her two-year legal odyssey to run again.

That same poll -- which Farrell commissioned -- showed him in a statistical dead heat with Janet Reilly, despite the ostensible front-runner's much higher name recognition and her endorsements from every Democrat under the sun. Reilly has also lined up a number of union endorsements -- but, again, this is District 2. The Marina isn't exactly the most labor-friendly locale; you're not likely to walk into a bar and hear folks singing along to "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night."

Farrell, it warrants mentioning, doesn't yet have an "endorsements" section on his website. With Alioto-Pier in his camp, he could at least set up an "endorsement" section. It's a start.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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