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San Francisco Superior Court Judge Lillian Sing is retiring from the bench March 17. And a local political consultant says the judge has her eye on a state Assembly seat. Consultant Doug Comstock says Sing is seriously considering a run if Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, vacates his seat to campaign for state Senate in 2006. “If Leland does not decide to run for the Senate, she will not run against him,” Comstock said. “I’m retiring from office is all I can tell you,” Sing said. As for ambitions to fill Yee’s seat, “You can say it’s a rumor,” Sing said. “I’m still sitting as a judge, so I can’t talk about it.” She may be interested in doing alternative dispute resolution, she added. If she does run for statewide office, Comstock said, Sing would kick off her campaign at a March 24 fund raiser, one week after she leaves the bench. Supervisor Fiona Ma is another potential contender. The supervisor has held a fund raiser for her exploratory committee, but is only considering a campaign for Yee’s seat in the event that he vacates it, said Ma spokeswoman Frances Hsieh. Yee is “seriously considering” running for the state Senate seat now filled by Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco, who will be termed out in 2006, said spokesman Adam Keigwin. But the assemblyman won’t make a decision until after his re-election bid in November. “He thinks it’s a little premature for folks to start vying for his seat.” Sing — who says she chose to end her tenure on St. Patrick’s Day because “it’s a good day for the Chinese, as well” — says she was the first Asian-American woman to become a judge in Northern California. Then-Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to the municipal court bench in 1981. She rose to the superior court bench in an unchallenged 1996 election and now sits in a civil courtroom, Department 613. “This is the penthouse,” Sing joked. “Judges have been coming in, examining everything, and my body’s not even cold.” Comstock, who says he’s a volunteer with Sing’s “exploratory committee” at this point, adds that he will probably serve on her campaign staff if she runs. His work in past elections includes this month’s successful campaign against Proposition J, a housing initiative; ex-DA Terence Hallinan’s unsuccessful bid for a third term last year; and Matt Gonzalez’s successful campaign for supervisor in 2000.

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