San Francisco's Man of the People. The gay teacher-comedian-activist was
elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1994 and soon became the second
most powerful person in City politics. Before that came decades of work
by Ammiano on behalf of gays and other disenfranchised, disempowered communities.
His write-in mayoral campaign put him in the run off and helped galvanize
lagging progressives in
1999. Today, Ammiano represents the Mission
on a board of district supervisors.
In 2003, Ammiano faced Supervisor Gavin Newsom and others in his second
race for mayor. Newsom was elected; Ammiano came in fourth. Though his
popularity had waned since the "Run Tom Run" phenomenon, Ammiano
was still working at City Hall when his nemesis, the powerful Willie Brown,
left Room 200 in January, 2004.
about Tom Ammiano