San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s announcement that he planned to file papers this morning to run for mayor in 2011 reminded Legal Pad that we’ve heard the race for his District 8 seat is going to be a hot one, and full of lawyers.
A call to the city’s elections office revealed that three candidates have filed to run for Dufty’s seat: Rafael Mandelman, Scott Wiener and Laura Spanjian. With further intrepid reporting, we found one more lawyer who plans to file: Rebecca Prozan.
Who they are, where they eat lunch, and is that a subtle whiff of fear, after the jump.
Wiener, a deputy city attorney for San Francisco, has a website up already, as well as a Facebook page. According to his bio, he practiced complex commercial litigation at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe for six years before taking his current post.
We interrupted Rebecca Prozan’s lunch at the Flower Market today to inquire about her plans, and the San Francisco prosecutor confirmed that she’s planning to run.
Laura Spanjian, the lone candidate thus far who isn’t a lawyer, is assistant general manager for external affairs at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. She worked on Dufty’s campaign for the District 8 supervisor seat, and, like all the candidates, has been active in local Democratic and LGBT clubs. Spanjian said she’s also on Facebook and Twitter, and sounded disappointed when Legal Pad didn’t ask her very hard questions.
Reached on his cell phone, Mandelman — a lawyer at the Oakland office of McDonough Holland & Allen — sounded a little unnerved by the caliber of the candidates in the race, asking whether Legal Pad knew of anyone else (aside from the aforementioned three) running. “Thank God,” he said when we assured him we do not. “They’re going to be fun and awful to run against.”
— Kate Moser