SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)
San Francisco District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang announced late Tuesday that she will not be running for re-election this November.
Tang, who has served on the Board of Supervisors since 2013, said the decision was a difficult yet important one.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as a member of the Board of Supervisors for the last five and-a-half years, and I am grateful to every one of you who supported me through this role and helped me get elected,” Tang said in a statement.
“After spending nearly 12 years working in the District 4 office as a legislative aide and then as supervisor, it is time for me to pursue a change in my life and new challenges. I do not know yet my next steps, but I do know that personal growth is something that I value and am seeking,” she said.
Tang was first appointed to the board by the late Mayor Ed Lee in February 2013 and then was elected by voters in November of that year.
In November 2014, Tang was re-elected to the position. She would have been eligible for another four-year term had she sought re-election this year.
During her time as supervisor, Tang has been credited with sponsoring several successful pieces of legislation.
Among her accomplishments were establishing a policy for lactation for new mothers in the workplace, creating regulations for massage businesses to deter human trafficking, prohibiting the sale of fur in the city, and banning performances by wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes.
Most recently, Tang introduced legislation to ban small plastic items like straws, lids, stirrers, utensils, condiment packages, sleeves and beverage plugs, in a bid to reduce street litter and plastic going into the Bay.
Tang grew up in the Sunset District, which covers a large portion of District 4, and attended University of California at Davis.
Prior to becoming supervisor, Tang served in the Mayor’s Budget and Policy Office, under then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, starting in 2006.
In 2007, she began serving as a legislative aide to then-Supervisor Carmen Chu, where she remained until she was appointed as supervisor.
Tang will remain District 4 supervisor through the end of her term in January 2019.
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