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It’s Official: Ed Lee is In the Race

| August 8, 2011
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Ed Lee talks with members of the media on June 8, 2011 in San Francisco, California.

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Ed Lee just wrapped a 10 minute press conference announcing his mayoral run.  He took a lot of questions about integrity and trust during the presser.  When he took the job he’d said he wouldn’t seek a full term.  He told the crowd that while he is still a man of his word, he’s had a change of heart.

One of his opponents, SF Board of Supes President David Chiu, gave his reaction on Forum.

“Today there are many San Franciscans who are disappointed that Ed broke his promise,” he said.  “For many months Ed Lee told San Franciscans one thing but it’s clear now he’s going to do just the opposite.”

When asked if it could affect their close working relationship and how he’ll be able to differentiate himself going forward, Chiu said:

“I think it is difficult because we have all been taking him at his word for many, many months, for him to break his promise will certainly have an impact on our working relationship moving forward, about what we’re able to trust in what he says on the issues that we work on.”

Want to hear more?  All the candidates are scheduled to debate tonight at the Castro Theater.

 Or you can listen to the 9 o’clock hour of Forum here.

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Rachel Dornhelm got her start in radio at WHYY. After anthropology graduate school, Rachel lived in Uzbekistan working with youth near the drying Aral Sea. Rachel returned to radio full-time in 2001. Her work has appeared on WNYC, WBUR, Marketplace, NPR news magazines and KQED. Reach Rachel Dornhelm at rdornhelm@kqed.org.

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