Supervisory candidates vie for support from military community

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s only eight more days to Election Day. One of the most closely watched races is for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ seat in District 4. Candidates Bonnie Dumanis and Nathan Fletcher are reaching out for support from various groups, including San Diego County’s military community. On the steps of the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, Republican candidate Bonnie Dumanis received endorsements from several veterans, including a retired Marine general. Retired Brigadier General Mike Neil spoke about his trust and faith in Dumanis.

“I hope every Marine, sailor, enlisted, officer, whatever in this community and ordinary citizens who believe in law and justice-because of her background- she’s the best for the job,” Neil claimed.

Dumanis, the former San Diego County District Attorney said the county should put more money and resources into veteran housing and mental health services.

“There are some unrestricted reserves that can be used for programs that help military and there’s also mental health money that comes from the one cent tax,” Dumanis said.

While Dumanis touts her decades of experience running the District Attorney’s office, her opponent Nathan Fletcher is also making a case for his support of veterans. Fletcher, a Democrat and former State Assemblymember, is a Marine veteran who served in Iraq. He’s been active in the movement to assist non-citizen vets who have been deported from the United States, after serving honorably in the U.S. military. We asked Fletcher which program to help veterans would be a funding priority.

“I think one of the most important things we have to do is really ensure that our returning veterans get the mental health treatment that they need. There’s such a problem with the unseen wounds of war. We’ve got men and women who went through horrific things on behalf of this country and we have to make sure they’re getting treatment and they’re getting help,” Fletcher said.

The County Board of Supervisors oversees a budget of nearly $6 billion. The largest portion of the budget goes to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency. The seat in District 4 is being vacated by Ron Roberts who cannot run again because of term limits.

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