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   Newsom, potential foes start looking at '07 [Mayoral] race
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Last EditedPatrick  Nov 18, 2006 01:11pm
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News DateMonday, October 9, 2006 07:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe next election for San Francisco mayor is still more than a year off, but a list of names for possible contenders to take on Mayor Gavin Newsom already is emerging.

Newsom was coy last week, saying he would not decide about running until next year, starting sentences by saying, "If I decide to run," and saying he has to "feel intense passion because otherwise (being mayor) is truly the worst job in the United States of America. If I can maintain that intensity, I'll do it."

In reality, his camp already is in overdrive. His former deputy chief of staff left City Hall to begin working on the race, his campaign is seeking a headquarters office, and Newsom flew to Los Angeles Friday to meet with would-be donors.

His backers at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce recently commissioned a poll on various issues, including who voters might want to elect as mayor if the race were "today."

The list of potential challengers: Matt Gonzalez, the Green Party candidate who narrowly lost to Newsom in 2003; Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who represents the Western Addition and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods; Public Defender Jeff Adachi and former Supervisor Tony Hall.
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