Overheard in Fog City: Quintin Mecke to Enter D5 Contest

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Published on June 01, 2012 with 8 Comments

Quintin Mecke has stepped down as Communications Director for Assemblymember Tom Ammiano to run for District 5 Supervisor. Photo by Luke Thomas.

By Luke Thomas

June 1, 2012

Following his resignation statement today, Quintin Mecke, the former Communications Director for Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, confirmed he is running for District 5 Supervisor, Fog City Journal can report.

“Yes, entering race next week,” Mecke confirmed via text in response to FCJ inquiry.

Mecke, a progressive, is best known for his mayoral candidacy in 2007 against then-incumbent Mayor Gavin Newsom, running on behalf of San Francisco progressives who were unable to rally a mayoral candidate at the 2007 Progressive Convention.

Though Newsom trounced the field, Mecke made a decent showing, finishing a distant second with 9,076 votes (6.33 percent).

Now he has set his sights on being the next District 5 elected supervisor taking on Mayor Ed Lee-appointed incumbent Christina Olague and several heavyweight challengers including College Board Trustee John Rizzo; former Redevelopment Agency Commissioner London Breed, and community organizer Julian Davis.

Mecke is the ninth candidate to enter the ranked choice race for District 5 Supervisor, a District considered one of the few remaining progressive bastions in San Francisco.

In his resignation statement, Mecke paid particular homage to Assemblymember Ammiano who is expected to provide an early boost to Mecke’s campaign with an official endorsement.

“After an amazing run of close to four years working to forward progressive causes in the State Legislature, I am stepping down as Communications Director for Asm. Tom Ammiano effective today, Friday, June 1st,” Mecke wrote in his statement. “It has been my unique privilege to serve someone as committed to positive social change as my boss has been during his time in Sacramento and over the entire course of his career in public service.”

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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