District 4 will elect new Supervisor as Tang declines run


San Francisco District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang announced late Tuesday at 5:17 p.m., after the deadline to file papers with the Department of Elections to run for supervisor, that she will not seek re-election this coming November.

Tang, who represents the Outer Sunset and Parkside neighborhoods, released an email to her constituents that it was time for a change in her life:

“After spending nearly 12 years working in the District 4 office as a legislative aide and then as Supervisor, it is time for me to pursue a change in my life and new challenges. I do not yet know my next steps, but I do know that personal growth is something that I value and am seeking.”

The late Mayor Ed Lee appointed Tang in 2013 when Supervisor Carmen Chu became the city assessor. Tang ran again to fulfill the remainder of Chu’s term.

She ran for her first full-term in 2014 and won. Tang was a former legislative aide to Chu.

Now, another legislative aide is stepping up to plate and running in November.

Jessica Ho, a legislative aide for Tang, filed papers on Tuesday to run for District 4.

Some of the work Tang worked on, include legislation that required employers to provide a lactation room for moms returning to work, which inspired state Sen. Scott Wiener to introduce a statewide bill earlier this year.

Tang worked on creating the HOME-SF program, The City’s local density bonus program, that incentivize developers to create more affordable housing.

Tang has also worked on legislation in banning the sale of fur apparel and accessories in The City and introduced legislation to the ban the sale and distribution of plastic straws last month.

Tang’s term ends in January 2019.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay and covers transportation and City Hall. He has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Jerold is a San Francisco native and frequently takes public transit everywhere he goes. Follow Jerold on Twitter @jerold_chinn. Email tips to jerold@sfbay.ca.

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