Bonnie Dumanis announces run for Board of Supervisors on Good Morning San Diego
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Former San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis officially announced her candidacy for Board of Supervisors exclusively on Good Morning San Diego Thursday.
Two days ago, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office processed two forms filed by the 65-year-old Dumanis — her candidate intention statement and a statement of organization for the "Bonnie Dumanis for Supervisor 2018" committee — but she had stopped short of officially stating her intention to run.
Dumanis resigned after nearly 15 years as the county’s district attorney in July, but months before her resignation, she sent a letter to her office staff in which she said she was considering running for the Board of Supervisors, but made it clear to news outlets she had not decided if she would run for county board.
"To be clear, I have not decided if I will be a candidate or not," Dumanis wrote in an April letter, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I believe my experience, and the critical role that the Board plays in public safety and policy issues, would make me an effective member."
She said in that letter that part of her reason for resigning as district attorney was to "explore my potential candidacy."
Dumanis is vying to replace Ron Roberts, who has served on the Board of Supervisors since 1994 but is leaving office due to term limits. The district has nearly twice as many registered Democrats than Republicans.
April Boling, board chair of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority and a self-described taxpayer watchdog, was listed as her campaign committee’s treasurer.
Dumanis adds another big name to a growing field of candidates looking to replace Roberts that already includes former state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a Republican-turned-Democrat who is married to state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. Both Fletcher and Dumanis launched unsuccessful mayoral campaigns in the past.
The others who have announced they’ll run include attorney Omar Passons and retired San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Deputy Chief Ken Malbrough, both Democrats, and real estate adviser Marcia Nordstrom, a Republican.
Dumanis, who was also a deputy district attorney and judge, beat out incumbent Paul Pfingst to win election as district attorney in 2002, becoming the first openly gay head prosecutor in the country. She was re-elected three times, running unopposed in 2006 and 2010 and prevailing in the 2014 primary.