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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom officially announces run for governor

April 21, 2009 | 12:10 pm

Lanowgavin  San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom  today made official what Californians who have watched him traverse the state for months already suspected -- he is running for governor in 2010.

As might be expected for a campaign that has tried to maximize its presence on social networking websites, Newsom made the announcement electronically: "Today, I am announcing, via Tweet, my candidacy for governor," his website declared.

In an interview, Newsom contrasted the state's teetering economy and widespread government cutbacks with San Francisco's plans to expand healthcare and protect its schools.

"No teachers are getting laid off in San Francisco," he said, crediting in part what he called his "entrepreneurial perspective." His emphasis on the economy not only dovetails with voter sentiment now -- the recession is paramount in voters' minds -- but it also serves to reintroduce Newsom to Californians who might otherwise only know him for his high-profile role in supporting gay marriages in 2004.

The subject of gay marriage was introduced, somewhat obliquely, at the end of a lengthy announcement video on his website.

"You know where I stand on important issues like universal healthcare, creating green-collar jobs and protecting equality for all Americans," he said.

A Field Poll last month showed Newsom running third among those Democrats seen as most likely to run for governor, behind Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. U. S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor, runs ahead of the pack, but has not yet taken steps to enter the race.

-- Cathleen Decker

Photo: Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times