Serving up Guinness at the Irish Bank during Dan Dean’s fundraiser.
Dan Dean, who’s challenging newly-appointed San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer in the June election, is talking up his native San Francisco street cred.
He walked in to the Irish Bank pub last night for a campaign event and saw his uncle, George, then soon discovered a San Francisco-style six degrees of separation – that George is friends with the pub owners, who coincidentally had contributed their back room for the event. Dean said he loves finding those unexpected connections in his native city. “It’s just the beauty of old-time San Franciscans knowing each other,” he told campaign supporters.
In a heartfelt stump speech, Dean thanked his dad “who’s given me the most financial and emotional support on the campaign.” He also tipped his hat to his opponents, Ulmer and Michael Nava (a staff attorney for California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno), saying all three candidates have years of experience in civil litigation. But what sets him apart, Dean said, is his commitment to community service. “I am helping real people solve their real problems on a daily basis,” he said.
Littler Mendelson shareholder Matthew Marca, who paid the bar tab last night and first got to know the candidate when he hired Dean at his old firm (Taylor Gutierrez Marca), said Dean would bring a “practical, been-there-done-that, common-sense approach to the bench.”