Our friends at BeyondChron have written an interesting overview of the frontrunners in SF’s 2012 mayoral election. What they say, in a nutshell:

Leland Yee: He might be fucked with progressives because he’s anti-tenant, but the West side of the city loves him so he might not need progressive support, anyways. Also, something about “some personal issues in his past that are likely to re-emerge in a tough mayoral campaign.” Leland Yee suddenly sounds a lot more interesting! Tell us more!

Bevan Dufty: Popular and gay.

Dennis Herrera: the city atty’s office, which he runs, gets high marks from BeyondChron. But will that translate into a political base?

Phil Ting: Watch out, Leland Yee, Phil Ting’s Chinese, too! Eric Jaye, Gavin Newsom’s one-time campaign guy, is now on Team Ting, which is interesting.

Jeff Adachi: He’s a “clear progressive” which means he’d “enter the race with the support of much of the electorate that supported Matt Gonzalez.” (Appeal note: haven’t all those people either gotten better jobs and become Newsom supporters, or moved back home since 2003?) BeyondChron does not specify Adachi’s ethnicity, but we will — he’s Japanese.

Kamala Harris: Might be a moot discussion, as she might end up being our next Attorney General. She’s a black lady, and fights crime (Just like Hannah Washington), but no one knows what her views are.

But all this is just speculation, what do y’all think? Cast your vote below, citizens!

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