Reporting from Sacramento — San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will announce Friday that he is running for California lieutenant governor, according to people who were contacted by him.
Newsom, a Democrat, has been lining up support and collecting donations for the statewide run. Sources say he will unveil a list of endorsements that includes many of the state's top Democratic leaders. The sources requested anonymity to allow Newsom to make the announcement.
On Wednesday, Newsom took out papers to run for the office from the San Francisco County elections department and paid a $2,600 fee. Asked if Newsom would announce his candidacy Friday, spokesman Jason Kinney said, "You'll just have to wait until tomorrow."
Newsom has formed a fundraising committee, and the first checks were reported Thursday. He received $6,500 each from Mark and Susie Buell, owners of the Esprit clothing company and longtime backers. He also reported $4,950 from Peter Ragone, his former press secretary.
The mayor dropped out of the race for governor last year in the face of weak poll numbers and low funds.