San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent out an e-mail Friday morning announcing that he is, after much speculation, indeed running for mayor.
The text of his e-mail is below:
I'm running for Mayor to make San Francisco a city that works.
I believe in the City we share. I love San Francisco. But, like you, I know San Francisco faces daunting problems: a City budget in crisis; high unemployment; an economy that's still uncertain. Our persistent civic struggles include homelessness and addiction, crime and violence, transportation, education, affordable housing and diminishing infrastructure.
Strong leadership takes hard work, a commitment to the right priorities, and the ability to put problem solving ahead of politics. That's the leadership I've demonstrated as City Attorney. And that's exactly the kind leadership we need in San Francisco's next Mayor.
For nearly a decade, I've served as your City Attorney -- a job some call the second toughest in City Hall. In that role, I lead an award winning public interest law office that is nationally recognized for its professionalism, progressive values and effective advocacy.
In order to help make this candidacy successful, I need to raise money to run an effective campaign for office. I'm asking you to help me in that effort by contributing to Herrera for Mayor 2011 today!
My record shows I know how to fight for San Francisco every day. It's the leadership I've demonstrated in cracking down on corrupt contractors and politicians; curbing the gang violence, drugs, graffiti and intimidation that plague our neighborhoods; taking on the big insurance companies and the predatory payday lenders; protecting our air and water quality by securing the agreement to shut down the Mirant Power Plant; and negotiating settlements that delivered safer housing, access to healthcare, and better schools.
My candidacy is about doing the hard work, making the tough calls that will enable our city to move forward. The next Mayor's race will be about which candidate offers proven leadership, creative solutions, and effective management to best meet the challenges we face. I will seek out your ideas about San Francisco's future. And I will offer my vision for a City that works.
I've proven my mettle and ability to get the job done. I hope I can count on your support to make my case to voters: for the strong, principled, hands-on leadership we need in San Francisco's next Mayor.