By Luke Thomas
July 23, 2010
Former San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez today endorsed community activist Tony Kelly in the race for District 10 Supervisor.
In a statement released to Fog City Journal, Gonzalez said, “I am endorsing Tony Kelly because I believe he is an authentic neighborhood leader who has been working on substantive issues in District 10 for more than the last decade. Although his base is Potrero Hill where he’s led the Potrero Boosters, Kelly has worked on environmental justice issues in Bayview Hunters Point and open space and neighborhood-services concerns in Visitacion Valley, among other issues. District-wide, he’s worked on a wide range of complicated development and land-use matters (particularly through his work on the Eastern Neighborhoods Area Plan), so I’ve no doubt Kelly would join the Board of Supervisors informed and with the right priorities.
“Although we do not agree on all issues, I believe Tony Kelly is a progressive who would exercise his duties and powers with the utmost respect for critics and allies alike. His allegiances would always be to his district first, rather than to any of the lobbyists who routinely make the rounds at city hall for commercial interests.
“The other candidates in District 10 that I like are Nyese Joshua and DeWitt Lacy. Lacy is a progressive lawyer who has genuine compassion for the needs of District 10. Joshua has recently entered the race from the ranks of the Bayview activists who have been combating the Lennar development plan. All three would make fine supervisors.
“However, I give the edge to Tony Kelly who not only shares a focus on the issues the others are working on, but because I believe he has greater political maturity and a longer history of working on district-wide issues.”
Responding to Gonzalez’ endorsement, Kelly told FCJ: “I’m really honored to have Matt Gonzalez’s endorsement of my campaign for District 10 Supervisor. Matt knows as well as anyone what district elections are all about, and he knows as well as anyone what it takes to be an effective leader at City Hall. I’m proud of his endorsement, as a measure of what I’ve accomplished in the neighborhoods, and what I will do in the future.”
In addition to Gonzalez’ endorsement, Kelly has been endorsed by Planning Commission President Ron Miguel, Planning Commission Vice President Christina Olague, BART Board Director Tom Radulovich, Arts Commissioner Sherri Young, Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez, environment and community activists Marie Harrison and Espanola Jackson, Potrero Hill Neighborhood House Executive Director Edward Hatter, transgender activist Jazzie Collins, Karen Pierce of Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates, Potrero Hill Association of Merchants and Businesses President Keith Goldstein, and individual members of the Potrero Hill Parents Association and Dogpatch Neighborhood Association.