Former Mayoral Candidate Running for Assembly

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SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting has announced his candidacy for the State Assembly.

Ting was one of 16 candidates for mayor on Nov. 8 and finished in 12th place with less than 1 percent of the vote. The winner was incumbent Ed Lee; other elected officials in the running included Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, and State Sen. Leland Yee,

He is now seeking to represent the 12th Assembly District, which covers western San Francisco and northern San Mateo County. The current officeholder, Fiona Ma, will be termed out at the end of 2012 and will run for the state Board of Equalization in 2014 when incumbent Betty Yee is termed out.

A graduate of UC Berkeley and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Ting served as executive director of the Asian Law Caucus before being appointed assessor-recorder by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2005, becoming the city’s highest-ranking Chinese American official at that time. He was later elected to the post.

According to his campaign website, “Ting has transformed one of the city’s worst departments and made it faster, smarter and fairer. He has worked to close a five-year backlog and has generated more than $280 million without any new taxes by bringing new technology, better management and employing his background in helping large organizations reform.

“As both a local and regional leader, Ting has focused on promoting a strong economy, funding our schools, promoting innovation in government, building trade ties to Asia, protecting homeowners facing foreclosures and attracting high-wage green jobs.”

Ting has garnered several endorsements. Asian American elected officials who support him include Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte), Assemblymembers Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) and Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), San Francisco School Board Commissioner Emily Murase, and San Francisco City College Board of Trustees member Steve Ngo.

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