Web Exclusive: SF mayoral candidate Ed Lee

There are 16 candidates in this year’s San Francisco mayoral race, including two city supervisors and a state senator. There’s an educator, an entrepreneur, and an entertainer. The city’s public defender, city attorney, and assessor recorder. A taxi cab driver, a former nightclub owner, a formerly homeless man, and two former city supervisors.

And then there’s the man who’s defending his title: interim mayor Ed Lee.

Lee is the 43rd and current mayor of San Francisco, and famously the first Asian-American to hold the position in the city’s history. Lee’s role in city government extends back 22 years – he’s held positions in five different city departments under four mayors. And prior to his current stint, Lee served as city administrator.

In this extended interview, Lee elaborates on his political experience and gives his thoughts on the influence of former mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom. He also shares his views on several different districts in San Francisco.

This is the last mayoral candidate interview in KALW’s series of conversations. Listen to all of the interviews on our SF Mayoral Race page.