Mike Sugerman “Not Really” Running for Mayor

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Politics

Published on January 22, 2011 with 4 Comments

Mike Sugerman (third from left) is flanked by KGO I-Team investigative reporter Dan Noyes and wife, Judy Noyes, with intergallactic messenger Frank Chu. File photo by Luke Thomas.

By Luke Thomas

January 22, 2011

Though his name appears on the this year’s Potential Candidate List for mayor, available at the San Francisco Department of Elections, KCBS reporter Mike Sugerman says he is not running.

“You and Sean Elsbernd are the only ones who have mentioned anything. No, I’m not really running. I wanted to do a first person story on what it’s like to sign up as a candidate (though the 250K salary is enticing),” Sugerman wrote in response to FCJ inquiry.

It isn’t the first time, or the last we suspect, when a member of the fourth estate teases the masses with a promise of a campaign for public office in San Francisco.  BeyondChron’s Paul Hogarth briefly entered the contest for District 6 Supervisor last year before bowing out and supporting now Supervisor Jane Kim.  Harold “h” Brown, an occasional FCJ contributor, satirical muckraker and publisher of SFBulldog.com, is a perennial candidate for public office (though he’s so far not running for the open seat for mayor this year).  Janet Reilly, herself a former broadcast journalist, ran for California Assembly in 2006 and, most recently, ran for District 2 Supervisor.

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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