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Published on March 02, 2024
Highly Progressive Sup. Aaron Peskin Hinted to Enter San Francisco Mayoral RaceSource: Christopher Michel, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

San Francisco's political arena may soon witness the entry of a familiar face, with highly progressive Supervisor Aaron Peskin hinting at a mayoral run. Despite past denials, multiple reports suggest Peskin is gearing up to throw his hat into the ring for the November 2024 election. According to the SFist, undisclosed sources confirmed that Peskin is planning to run, though he has yet to make an official statement.

The seasoned politician has been playing coy about his mayoral aspirations, yet behind-the-scenes movements point towards the contrary. After walking into a Board of Supervisors meeting in January 2023 with no evident intentions to lead, Peskin emerged as the board president, fueling speculation of his tactical prowess. KRON4 also reported that Peskin "will officially enter the race next week," signaling an end to speculation and the start of a campaign that could shake up the moderate-heavy competition.

San Francisco's election landscape is already crowded, with incumbent Mayor London Breed seeking reelection among other moderate contenders like former supervisor Mark Farrell and District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai. Peskin's potential bid could resonate with the city's progressive sectors, creating a distinct electoral niche. As per SFist, a political consultant mentioned the strong chance for a candidate unifying the labor and progressive vote.

Peskin is no stranger to controversy, his past battles with alcoholism and anti-housing stance may surface as campaign fodder, nevertheless, his narrative of recovery and political acumen have earned him both criticism and commendation, respectively. "There’s a great discontent with the world we’re living in, I think that San Franciscans care a lot about their neighborhoods," Peskin told the San Francisco Examiner, highlighting his grassroots approach as a distinguishing advantage.

Peskin's deliberation over a mayoral challenge emerges as his final term as a District supervisor approaches its end. With deep roots in the Chinatown community and across multiple San Francisco neighborhoods, he presents a candidate woven into the city's fabric.