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.”