Beyond Chron Writer Enters District 10 Race

by Paul Hogarth on July 1, 2009

Eric “Doc” Smith, Beyond Chron’s Arts & Entertainment columnist for the past five years, filed to run yesterday for the Board of Supervisors in District 10 – in the race to succeed Sophie Maxwell. Originally from Washington D.C., Smith has made his mark in the District (which includes Potrero Hill, Bayview and Hunters Point) as an outspoken advocate for green jobs and environmental justice. In 2009, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Smith to the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee, and Supervisor Maxwell appointed him to the Eastern Neighborhoods Citizens Advisory Committee. Smith is also a well-known player in the world of biofuel. He is on the Board of the Biofuel Recycling Cooperative in Bayview, who helped create the Public Utilities Commission’s SF Grease Cycle program (which makes biodiesel for some of the City’s Muni buses from waste restaurant grease.) “There is a desperate need to create new, good paying, green jobs that stay in District 10, to provide truly affordable housing, and to require smart industrial growth and sensible mixed use development that includes open space,” said Smith. “I am committed to making those issues a priority.” With no front-runner in the race, District 10 is a wild card.

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