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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jim Stearns Shutters His Consulting Firm

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Jim Stearns chooses "freedom."
  • Jim Stearns chooses "freedom."
Jim Stearns, the go-to political consultant for city progressive candidates and causes since at least 2000, is shutting down his firm and "transitioning into something that gives me a lot more freedom." 

In the immediate future, that'll be a vacation. After that "it remains to be seen." 

Stearns will shortly move out of the Van Ness Ave. office his firm has occupied for five years, his core staff will depart, and he'll "transition back to being a single person operating in the field." 

In the past decade, Stearns has successfully run campaigns for, among others, Tom Ammiano, Aaron Peskin, David Chiu, David Campos, Dennis Herrera, Kamala Harris, and Leland Yee

Stearns was precluded from taking a more direct role in Campos' recently concluded, unsuccessful bid for Assembly vs. Chiu because of a fatwa against him issued by the California Labor Federation

His name has recently been dropped as the presumptive consultant to run a potential Mark Leno for Mayor campaign. One rarely gets to ask a double-hypothetical question, but, in this case, could Stearns, with his firm in hiatus, run a mayoral campaign (for a man who hasn't yet declared he's running)? "I don't think I'm precluded from doing anything I want to do," Stearns replied. 

The consultant described his move as something he's been planning since the summer: "When you've been doing something since 1988, sometimes you like to change it up a bit." 

Stearns says he plans on taking time off and spending time with his high school-aged children. "Rather than wake up each day and go to the same office and pay the same rent, I have the freedom to do something else." 

That, he says with a laugh, could be reading up on the San Francisco Bubonic Plague epidemic of the early 1900s. Or it could be "dedicating myself to a large, single campaign. That could be interesting." 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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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