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The campaign to succeed retiring San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne got a high-profile boost Monday, when Golden Gate University Law School Dean Peter Keane added his name to the list of potential candidates. “I’m thinking seriously about it,” Keane said in an interview. “I have good name recognition from all the media stuff I’ve done.” Keane, 58, the former 20-year chief attorney in the city’s public defender’s office, has been a legal commentator on television station KPIX and for radio’s KCBS for several years. His face was often seen daily during the O.J. Simpson murder trial. He also conducts a Saturday morning radio show called “Legal Incite,” where issues of interest to attorneys are discussed. Keane said there are people whose endorsements and whose promise of money he’ll need before jumping into what could become a crowded field of candidates. “I know the political landscape of the city,” he added. “There are a lot of seductive things about the job … [but] I’m conflicted. I really love this place and dealing with students.” Keane figures he could raise “a couple of hundred thousand dollars. I don’t think it would take more than that.” And then there’s the issue of the city attorney’s pay of $145,341 a year, which rises to $151,000 next year. Keane said his dean’s salary and his city pension combine to give him a comfortable income well above that. He’d have to give up the pension in order to draw a city salary again. Others who are also considering a run for the office are Chief Deputy City Attorney Jonathan Holtzman, a key Renne aide, and former San Francisco City Supervisor Anne Marie Conroy. Holtzman, 44, appears to be his boss’s favorite candidate, saying, “She thinks I should consider it.” At her news conference announcing her decision not to run, Renne did not say who she’d like to see succeed her. Holtzman seems a reluctant candidate: not sure he really wants to run, but worried someone such as Neil Eisenberg could win the office if he doesn’t. Renne defeated Eisenberg in 1993. He may announce his candidacy this week. Conroy, 37, said she always aspired to be city attorney but didn’t want to challenge the incumbent. As executive director of San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown’s Treasure Island Development Authority, Conroy would probably ask him for support, which may not carry the clout it once did in San Francisco. Two attorneys who have taken themselves out of the race are former city Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg and current Supervisor Matt Gonzalez. “I have no interest at all,” Achtenberg asserted. She wants to remain as the S.F. Chamber of Commerce’s chief public policy wonk. Gonzalez, whose political fortunes ironically soared after he was defeated two years ago in a race for district attorney, said he has no interest in running but is looking for a candidate to back.

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