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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What Do Voters Want In an Interim Mayor?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Political pundits and City Hall gadflies have spent the better part of December pontificating about who could -- and should -- serve as the interim mayor.

But when the debate hit a tiresome peak, political consultant Jim Ross took his video camera and hit the streets, asking residents passing by who they think should be taking over Room 200 once Mayor Gavin Newsom is forced to cut the cord.

In his effort to shift the debate away from City Hall, Ross' interview subjects indicate that they don't really care about who the next mayor is as long as he or she stays focused on San Francisco's real problems.

"I don't think there is a clear front-runner," Ross said. "We didn't get

a lot of people saying it should be this person or that person, which

is interesting."

His unedited interviews are posted on If the handful of voters Ross filmed are indicative of the body politic, the consultant has revealed that voters just want someone who will focus on real issues.

 "While this board is concerned about banning Happy Meals, voters are just concerned about jobs," says Ross.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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