S.F. Mayoral Candidates: Who's Hot, Who's Not

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Chris Daly -- would have been "hot"
After Supervisor John Avalos jumped into the mayor's race Monday afternoon, we started thinking: with so many candidates now running, how will voters decide?

To date, there are more than 30 potential candidates who want to be the city's chief executive. Of those, only nine are serious contenders (unless you count the CBS reporter who took out papers to do a first-person story).

And instead of boring readers with punditry about why we are seeing so many candidates, SF Weekly has decided to look at which ones are hot -- and which ones are not, politically speaking.

The top nine contenders -- in no particular order:

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Joanna Rees: Not hot. Political consultants have been noncommittal about the unknown venture capitalist. But in our opinion, the fact that she's both nonpolitical and knows how to make a lot of money automatically makes her hot, hot, hot.

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Supevisor David Chiu: Lukewarm. The president of the Board of Supervisors wavers between being hot and not being hot just as much as he oscillates between being a progressive and a moderate. Chiu staffers have confirmed this in the past by explaining the supervisor just plain doesn't like the "moderate" and "progressive" label, which in itself is kinda hot.

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Bevan Dufty: Hot, then not hot, then hot again. As of a month ago, reporters had tuned out this Castro pol; he was no longer on the Board of Supervisors and he was waning in the election, financially speaking. But if anyone knows how to flipflop overnight, it's Dufty. 

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Supervisor John Avalos: Hot. There's something to be said for being a purebred progressive who, if elected, would probably refuse to look at any crib notes before mayoral question time -- on principle. Oh, and we're willing to bet he would entertain the press by spinning his '80s vinyl in Room 200. That's hot.   

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Phil Ting: Not hot. Look, a title like assessor-recorder is already a handicap. And even though the famously boring Ting has tried to show his edgier side with his "Solutions Palooza" tour this past weekend, he still managed to get upstaged by Lenny the service dog -- who could easily win ugliest pooch of the year.

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Dennis Herrera: Hot. A double whammy -- he has a Hispanic last name, and he fought for gay marriage. If you are still having doubts, Herrera has spokespeople galore standing by, ready to ship out a series of press releases detailing his awesomeness.

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Leland Yee: Hot. Everyone has very strong feelings about Yee -- one way or another. But anyone who can rile up Rush Limbaugh fans enough to get a series of death threats is definitely hot. 


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Michela Alioto-Pier: Hot? Quite honestly, we almost forgot about her until a recent Chamber poll put her in the top three among all candidates. Hi, Michela!

We were stumped on whether to put former Supe Tony Hall in the "serious contender" category, and calling around to political consultants didn't seem to help. One of them made a good point -- he has name recognition. But then another one pointed out that Hall spoke at a recent Tea Party rally. We called Hall to find out why on Earth he was at a Tea Party rally. He told SF Weekly he had no idea if it was a Tea Party rally, and he didn't even know the people who had asked him to speak. But he showed up anyway to give his diatribe about good government. Not hot. 

So there you have it: Our list of wannabe mayors -- so far.

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progressive fatigue
progressive fatigue

not voting for any progressive loony tunes this time around, they are so anti-wealth and pro-programs, but without wealth you cannot pay for said programs. cant stand any of them. is it too much to ask to keep a bit of my income to myself? if my taxes go up, my tax dollars go away, good luck SF.

Triple0
Triple0

"the fact that she's both nonpolitical...makes her hot."

Why would you want someone who isn't political to be in charge of a major city?

How about my friends and I come and sit at the Fire Station near your house and see how that goes...?

EllieTheLabrador
EllieTheLabrador

John Hickenlooper.... geologist turned entrepreneur turned Mayor of Denver turned Governor of Colorado.... Not too bad for someone who wasn't from political background when he ran for Mayor. Look at him now.

In my belief, Joanna Rees is qualified and a breath of fresh air.

P.S. I don't think you can justify the parallel between fireman training and city politics. My Jonh Hickenlooper example debunks that easily.

J. Delacosta
J. Delacosta

Im going with Joanna... I think we have had enough of the same political rhetoric at silly hall. Enough of the same, we need a leader who doesn't base policy on ideology but reality. Just my oppinion.

Triple0
Triple0

How about my friends and I come and sit at the Fire Station near your house and see how that goes...? Why would you want someone without experience or knowledge to be in charge?

EllieTheLabrador
EllieTheLabrador

John Hickenlooper.... geologist turned entrepreneur turned Mayor of Denver turned Governor of Colorado.... Not too bad for someone who wasn't from political background when he ran for Mayor. Look at him now.

In my belief, Joanna Rees is qualified and a breath of fresh air.

P.S. I don't think you can justify the parallel between fireman training and city politics. My Jonh Hickenlooper example debunks that easily.

Don Keypenis
Don Keypenis

So I hear Christoph Waltz will play Avalos in the movie. Altman will direct. Yeah, I know he's dead, he's still directing...

Mikeydavy
Mikeydavy

The only candidate I actually know and returns my phone calls is Cesar Ascarrunz. Let' s hear it for access.

njudah
njudah

you do realize this is the SF weekly and NOT the bay guardian, right?

Mike Hardesty
Mike Hardesty

That was the exact point of my first sentence. This piece read like a BG piece.

Mike Hardesty
Mike Hardesty

Pretty stupid left-libs comments that one would expect to read in union-buster Big Bruce's rag.Obviously Tony Hall is the only good candidate. He was the best Supe since Dan White andmy only problem as a Supe with White was his advocacy of gun control.The Handgun Coalition was forced to revoke Dan's membership after the double slaying.Hope everyone is enjoying the Atlas Shrugged and PLEASE read the book.It's the greatest literary and philosophical work ever penned in human history.

LA Weekly
LA Weekly

Hi guys. You were very right on the wrong Alito-Pier pic -- blame me, the SF Weekly Web Editor, for that mistake. We've fixed the picture. Apologies to Michela!

C Ado
C Ado

I have mixed feeling for Chiu, but I agree with his leadership on Twitter, which was not easy to defend. Avalos - too "anti-corporate", and not my kind of progressive, though at least we know where he stands. Yee is probably the most well-known, but is pandering to certain Chinese Americans by opposing a CA ban on shark fins. Ting needs to work on his "it" factor, but he deserves props for the Close the Prop 13 Loophole campaign, and saving the city millions as assessor. Herrera seems a little too good to be true, and that makes me suspicious. He and Bevan Dufty, Rees and Alioto-Pier have a lot of money...which should make everyone suspicious. Still waiting for a real debate between these candidates so it's clear how they differ on the issues, and not on perceived hotness.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

I cast my vote based on the "anyone who's not Alioto-Pier" principle.

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