By Luke Thomas
June 12, 2012
Hope Johnson, the former Chair of the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, filed papers Monday with the San Francisco Department of Elections officially declaring her bid for District 5 Supervisor.
Johnson, 46, is the eleventh candidate and fourth woman to enter the ranked choice contest that will be decided by voters in November.
Johnson, a paralegal and 7-year resident of District 5, said she is running because, “the Board of Supervisors has drifted away from representing average residents of San Francisco.”
“The second reason is the incumbent, Christina Olague – I am very upset that she got away with co-chairing the Run, Ed, Run campaign supporting Ed Lee who is basically an extension of the former Willie Brown administration,” Johnson added.
Olague was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the D5 seat in January following her co-chairship of the controversial Run, Ed, Run campaign and the vacancy created by former District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s election to Sheriff. Her voting record includes opposition to a Board-approved (6-5) redevelopment of Parkmerced, as well as support for a Board-approved (8-3) 134-unit luxury condo development at 8 Washington on the Embarcadero.
If elected, Johnson said she would donate as much as 30 percent of her supervisor’s annual salary ($105,000) to schools; sponsor legislation to provide low-cost loans to small businesses; address traffic calming along the busy Oak and Fell thoroughfares via the installation of bicycle lanes; and work towards improving Muni bus performance through the District.
“Even if I don’t get elected, I would like to see the Board of Supervisors work with the MTA (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority) to have common sense rules about bus spacing and timing,” she said.
Considered the most politically progressive of the City’s 11 districts, District 5 comprises the Haight-Ashbury, Western Addition, Hayes Valley, Inner Sunset, Japan Town and Lower Pacific Heights.
Johnson joins an increasingly crowded field of candidates for the open seat that includes political heavyweights College Board Trustee John Rizzo, former Redevelopment Agency Commissioner London Breed, community activist Julian Davis and former legislative aide to Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Quintin Mecke.
Asked why District 5 residents should vote for her, Johnson said, “I think District 5 residents would find that I am extremely independent and familiar with what goes on at City Hall. I’m not interested in the next political position. I’m doing this because I think this is our last chance to prevent San Francisco from becoming a have, versus have not, tale of two cities.”