SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco mayoral race is heating up as candidates look to get a step ahead of their rivals before the November election.

Early polls show that state Senator Leland Yee is enjoying strong support, leading the slew of other candidates.

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He’s now also turned in more than 10,000 valid signatures from campaign backers, which gives him a pass on the $5,000 filing fee.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“We will be the first campaign to achieve that particular goal,” he said about the signatures. “It is a healthy number. Now I can move on to the next phase of the campaign.”

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is second, turning in about 4,600 valid signatures with San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu following close behind with 4,300 names turned in.

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But the race could still be turned upside down if San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee changes his stance and decides to jump in the fray.

Senator Yee said that won’t change his plans.

“The fact that he may run is not affecting any of our strategies whatsoever,” said Yee.

While polls show that Yee is the current front runner, that could change if the interim mayor decides to throw his hat into the ring, with polls showing strong support for him.

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