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BY BILL COLLINS
RIPTIDE CORRESPONDENT


Our state Senator Leland Yee, who represents some 800,000+ constituents in the western part of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County, is likely to run for mayor of San Francisco and if he wins, there would be a special election to fill the remaining year of his term in the state Senate. The winner of that special election is likely to win re-election later for two full terms. The logical candidates are the Assembly members within the Senate district: Fiona Ma of San Francisco/Daly City and Jerry Hill of northern San Mateo County. But Ma supposedly is running for insurance commissioner, and if she sticks to that, freshman Assemblymember Jerry Hill, if he chooses to run, would be hard to beat. Like Yee, Hill is a proficient fundraiser and he gets around the district. A lot of "ifs" here, but after nine years in the state Senate (assuming election to two 4-year terms plus the remainder of Yee's term), Hill could return to finish four years or so in the Assembly before he'd reach his limit of six years in the Assembly.
South San Francisco City Councilman Kevin Mullin,  son of Hill's predecessor Gene Mullin, is interested in succeeding Hill to the Assembly. All are Democrats, Republican officeholders having become extinct in the county some years ago.


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