Candidates and non-candidates

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By Tim Redmond

So much going on right now in the local political world -- and some of it so ephemeral.

Chris Daly's progressive convention is June 2, coming right up, and we still don't have a candidate for mayor. Matt Gonzalez gives an interview to BeyondChron and says he's not ruling out a run, but won't be making any announcement in time for the June 2 event. Will anyone? Or is this going to be a convention without a candidate?

The 08 supes races, on the other hand, are heating up and full of candidates. Cecilia Chung just announced she's running in district 11, creating the possibility for a fascinating bit of history: As Chung just told me, It will be 30 years next fall since the assissination of Harvey Milk, and his killer, Dan White, represented what is now D-11. Electing a transgender woman from that district would make big national news.

Chung won't be the only candidate: I'm told John Avalos, aide to Sup. Chris Daly, is also planning to run, as is Community College Board member Julio Ramos.

And in District Nine, Police Commission member David Campos is clearly running to replace Tom Ammiano, as is housing activist Eric Quezada, who will have a kick-off event at Galleria de la Raza June 1.