SF Mayoral Candidates Participate in Forum

After Ed Lee unexpectedly passed away while serving as mayor of San Francisco, several candidates have been campaigning for the city's top spot. On Saturday, five of those candidates participated in a forum hosted by the United Democratic Club and held at the San Francisco Main Library's auditorium.

The candidates all had a chance to answer questions during the event, which was moderated by John Diaz, The Chronicle's editorial page director. They were asked about a range of topics, from local issues such as crime to national issues such as immigration.

Since all five of the participating candidates identify as Democrats (as do the vast majority of registered voters in San Francisco), they had similar thoughts on many topics. For example, they all felt strongly about keeping the city's status as a sanctuary city. They also all expressed a need to make sure that affordable housing, public services, and the police department continue to be well-funded and supported.

Present at the form were Angela Alioto, Amy Farah Weiss, Mark Leno, Jane Kim, and London Breed. Breed is a current Supervisor and Board President, and she recently had the opportunity to serve as acting mayor after Lee's death. She officially served in this role from December 12 to January 23, when the Board voted to have another Supervisor, Mark Farrell, serve as interim mayor until the special election can be held.

In addition to Breed, the race has other experienced candidates. Alioto is an anti-discrimination attorney and former Supervisor; Kim is a current Supervisor and former president of the city's Board of Education; and Leno is a former Supervisor, State Assemblyman, and State Senator. Amy Farah Weiss is an activist that concentrates on homelessness, a problem which the city has been dealing with for decades.

Others vying for major include Michelle Bravo, Richie Greenberg, and Ellen Lee Zhou.

The election is set to be held on June 5. The winner's term will last until 2020.