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Re/code's Kara Swisher planning to give up tech journalism to run for San Francisco mayor

The world of tech journalism could soon be losing one of its premier reporters. Re/code's Kara Swisher has announced that she plans to give up her post as "Silicon Valley's most feared and well-liked journalist" to instead run for mayor of San Francisco. After watching "this whole election cycle," she says she feels struck by her civic duty to step up to the plate.

"We all yammer about politicians and how bad things are, and I think it important that we stop bellyaching and act if we want change," Swisher wrote in an email. "There is an important and necessary role for good government and I hate this wholesale tearing down of it," she continued. "Also the increasing divide between tech sector and the city is something that I think a lot about. Not that I have solutions as yet."

Silicon Valley can hold off a bit longer on saying its goodbyes, though: Swisher says she doesn't plan to run for mayor until 2023. The reason? "Because I'm busy with my job!" she says.