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San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee to run for full term

(Xinhua)

09:17, August 09, 2011

Edwin Lee, interim mayor of San Francisco, U.S. on Monday formally announced his decision to run for a full four-year term, becoming the front-runner in the city's crowded race of mayoral candidates.

Flanked by family members, 59-year-old Lee filed papers at the city's department of elections Monday morning.

Lee, the city's former administrator, was sworn in as the interim mayor of San Francisco in January to serve out the final year of former mayor Gavin Newsom, who was elected as lieutenant governor of the state of California.

Lee made history after becoming the first Chinese American to hold the mayoral post in San Francisco, where about one-third of the population is Asian Americans.

He has pledged to serve only one year as mayor and repeatedly said he wouldn't run for a full four-year term.

Lee said that he had changed his mind only recently after being persuaded by U.S. senator Dianne Feinstein and other officials, as well as many city residents.

Several groups have launched independent grassroots campaigns in recent months to push Lee to run for a full term in the upcoming mayoral election in November.

Lee will run against a crowded lineup of candidates, including California state senator Leland Yee and several current and former members of the city's Board of Supervisors.

According to a poll released last week by local KPIX-TV CBS 5 television station, Lee is well positioned to get elected if he chooses to run, leading his nearest would-be challenger by a 3-1 margin.

The poll showed Lee would get 35 percent of the vote if the election were held currently, while the next three closest candidates each received 10 percent of the vote and the other five named candidates all finished in single-digits.

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