Gavin Newsom takes a step toward running for lieutenant governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has filed initial paperwork to run for lieutenant governor.

According to forms filed with the Secretary of State’s office Wednesday, Newsom took the first steps to becoming a statewide candidate again.

Newsom has said he is keeping his options open after dropping out of the gubernatorial race. He faced tough odds against Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is expected to declare his candidacy in the next few weeks.

Newsom is best known for approving same-sex marriages in his famously liberal hometown.

He would compete against state Sen. Dean Florez and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn for the Democratic nomination.