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District 2 candidate files brief supporting city attorney

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A friend of the court is apparently no friend of Michela Alioto Pier's. Janet Reilly, who is running for the District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors, has filed an amicus brief with the state court of appeals, supporting the city attorney's position that Alioto-Pier is not eligible to run a third board term this November. The brief supports the city attorney’s argument that any fair and logical reading of the City Charter indicates that Supervisor Alioto-Pier is termed out and therefore ineligible to run for reelection this year.

Voter-mandated term limits allow supervisors to hold office for two consecutive four-year terms. If allowed another term, Alioto-Pier will have held the seat for nearly 11 years.

Reilly’s brief makes a case that the Superior Court judge erred in overturning the city attorney’s two-year-old opinion denying Alioto-Pier access to the ballot. The court in July ruled that the District 2 supervisor was in fact eligible to run for re-election.

Alioto-Pier was appointed in January 2004 by Mayor Gavin Newsom, who vacated the post when he won the mayor race. Reilly also argues that Alioto-Pier’s late challenge to the city attorney’s ruling and subsequent entry into the race “substantially interferes with the conduct of the election.” 

“The trial court’s 11th hour decision to allow an incumbent to run in this election has completely altered the landscape of the race, which for the past two-and-a-half years had been assumed to be for an open seat. The advantages of incumbency are nearly insurmountable,” Reilly said.