Jeff Adachi Joins Mayor Race (WATCH)

08/12/2011 10:37 pm ET | Updated Oct 12, 2011

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi was so appalled by Thursday's mayoral debate that he decided to run for mayor.


On Friday morning, hours before the deadline, Adachi marched into the Department of Elections and added his name to the candidate list, according to SFGate.

When asked what prompted his decision in a video interview with the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Adachi said, "It wasn't until I really listened to what the candidates were saying in the last few debates about pension reform. I became convinced that either the candidates don't get it or they don't want to get it." Adding insult to injury, he continued, "I'm here because I want to see a real debate among candidates. And I think people want to know the truth."

Adachi championed Proposition B, a pension and healthcare overhaul that would have required public employees to contribute a larger portion of base salarires to pension and healthcare plans, but it was defeated in November. "We have a huge fiscal crisis on our hands," he said. "And unless we take action, things are only going to get worse."

Adachi has been the Public Defender since 2002, and is now the eleventh candidate to join the mayor race.

Watch Adachi discuss his candidacy in the video by SFBG below: