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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Scott Wiener Is Running for State Senate and Powerful People Support Him

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 11:01 AM

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District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener announced his candidacy for state senate this morning, thus turbocharging one of the city’s busiest but most divisive political careers.

Wiener’s advocacy of increased transit funding has endeared him to many voters — and this month’s 22 day Muni challenge, which Wiener aced with 106 rides, only solidified his bona fides on that issue. But his ban on public nudity, calls for an expanded SFPD, and perceived policing of Dolores Park have alienated other voters.

Wiener is seeking the District 11 seat currently held by Senator Mark Leno (who has endorsed Wiener to succeed him). In a press release issued today, Wiener offered a bird’s eye view of his platform: “I will fight for better and more reliable transportation, more housing for people of all income levels, improved open space and parks, innovative approaches to our very real environmental challenges, and broad access to affordable, quality health care and public education.”

Per his press release, Wiener has already racked up a who’s who of endorsements: Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assemblyman David Chiu, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, District Attorney George Gascon, and Supervisors London Breed, Julia Christensen, Mark Farrell, and Katy Tang. Airbnb’s global head of hospitality, Chip Conley, has also endorsed Wiener.

Wiener rolled out a campaign video this morning as well. In it, he mentioned that he’s rode Muni nearly every day for 20 years, and, of course, touched on the causes he’s most passionate about, including transit, housing, and park litter. He also revisited his September 2014 announcement that he’s on PrEP, an anti-HIV medication. (A bit of unfortunate editing in the video has community activist Genevieve Jopanda asserting that Wiener isn’t one to seek attention or “peacock around,” a statement that follows screenshots of Wiener press coverage in The New York Times, KQED, and The Guardian.)

Watch the video below.

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