michela.jpgAs long-rumored, former District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier has filed papers to enter the already-crowded race to become SF’s next mayor.

In a phone interview with Matier and Ross, she told the scribes that SF is “a beautiful city, but it is in need of some polishing,” and, apparently, she’s the one with the rag and some Pledge — at 10:19 this morning, says the Ex, she officially filed to run for mayor of SF.

The move’s been rumored since Alioto-Pier was denied the opportunity to take a third term as SF Supe.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera, state Sen. Leland Yee, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, venture capitalist Joanna Rees, and Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting have all announced their plans to run for mayor (did I miss anyone?), too, with former SF Supe Tony Hall still thinking it over.

The kickoff party for her campaign’s reportedly scheduled for March 3 at the Fisherman’s Wharf Alioto’s. The election for SF’s next mayor will be held in November 2011.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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