Daniel Lurie, a nonprofit executive and heir to the Levi Strauss & Co. fortune, announced his run for San Francisco mayor Tuesday, saying he would hire more cops, according to Politico.
Lurie said he would focus on public safety, hire more police officers and create enough shelter beds to allow city officials to clear the streets of homeless encampments, and he called for a change in how the city investigates drug dealing, according to Politico. Lurie will be running as a Democrat and challenging Democratic San Francisco Mayor London Breed amid a field of other candidates.
“We’ve been promised more police officers, but we have 300 less than when she took office,” Lurie said regarding Breed’s policies in a video announcing his run for mayor.
“We need people to work together, and the only way you can take on an entrenched system with a leader that has allowed these problems to fester is with new leadership. It’s got to be leadership from the outside,” Lurie told Politico.
Lurie is the founder of Tipping Point Community, an organization that provides homeless people with services that helps them transition out of homelessness or prevents them from losing housing, according to Politico.
“We have a demonstrated track record of results on issues where City Hall is falling down,” Lurie told Politico.
The city is experiencing increased homelessness, drug deaths and car break ins under Breed which has led many businesses downtown to leave the city, according to Politico. A district court judge blocked Breed’s attempt to increase enforcement of homeless ordinances in the city in December 2022, which she and Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom denounced in August 2023.
“The opponents that I will face in this field have tried and they have failed,” Lurie told Politico.
Breed and Lurie did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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