By Luke Thomas
July 22, 2010
Following a court ruling earlier today clearing a path for District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier to run for re-election, Janet Reilly released a statement suggesting she will withdraw her candidacy.
“Today’s ruling by Judge Peter Busch has allowed incumbent Michela Alioto-Pier to appear on the November ballot,” Reilly said. “I am currently evaluating Judge Busch’s ruling. This issue has clouded the election for District 2 Supervisor for more than two years. As matters are sorted out over the coming weeks, I will be announcing my plans for November.”
Reilly held a campaign kickoff event Saturday, drawing attendances from Mayor Gavin Newsom, Senator Mark Leno, Assemblymember Fiona Ma and former Mayor Frank Jordon.
Insiders are speculating Reilly will withdraw her candidacy in deference to Alioto-Pier, who was appointed to the Board by Newsom in 2004.
Calls for comment to the Reilly campaign have not been returned at the time of publishing.
Update 5:38 pm: Alioto-Pier will file to run for re-election tomorrow, 10 am, at the San Francisco Department of Elections, according to Alioto-Pier campaign manager Tom Hsieh.