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City assessor running for mayor next year

SF Public Press
 — Dec 1 2010 - 4:58pm

Another city official has entered the race to become San Francisco's next elected mayor, city Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting.

Ting, 41, filed for papers Wednesday morning with the San Francisco Department of Elections to begin organizing his campaign for mayor.

“Politics is too important to leave to politicians alone. We need to engage the whole population to identify problems, to help fix them and most of all to hold government officials accountable for results,” said Ting in a statement.

He also said the city needs a mayor who can solve the ongoing budget problems, which he said he has the credentials to do so. He said his office has generated $245 million in new revenue without raising taxes.

“The city government needs to be involved in a good way and that's what citizens are looking for,” said Ting. “From attracting new high-wage jobs to creating successful public schools that are the key for long-term growth, our city government can and should do more – and do it better.”

Ting is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was appointed as the San Francisco Assessor in July 2005 and re-elected in the past election. Previously, Ting worked as a business consultant for government agencies.

Other candidates include state Sen. Leland Yee, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Bevan Dufty.