Bonnie Dumanis
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Bonnie Dumanis, the former municipal and superior court judge who resigned as San Diego County district attorney in July, officially announced her candidacy Thursday for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, touting the support of Supervisor Ron Roberts, the man she hopes to replace when his term runs out next year.

Dumanis made the announcement official two days after filing paperwork declaring her intent to run and create an election committee. In a statement announcing her campaign, Dumanis was twice billed as Judge Bonnie Dumanis before the mention of her nearly 15 years as the county’s top prosecutor.

“Today, I announce my candidacy for Supervisor and look forward to laying out my agenda for the future of San Diego,” Dumanis said. “Over the years, we have benefited from steady leadership at the county but we are facing a lot of change — and a lot of challenges — and we need leaders who can put aside ambition and partisanship and focus on what’s best for our diverse communities.”

Roberts, who is terming out of the Board of Supervisors after serving since 1994, endorsed Dumanis.

“Bonnie is a visionary with long and deep connections in the Fourth District,” Roberts said. “She knows how to make a difference in people’s lives, and I’m honored to support her candidacy.”

Dumanis is the second Republican and fifth candidate overall to announce she’s running for the seat Roberts will vacate in a district that has twice as many registered Democrats as Republicans. She’s the second big name to join the race, which already includes former state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a Republican-turned-Democrat who is married to state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.

Dumanis and Fletcher campaigned against each other once before in 2012 when both ran for mayor, though neither made it past the primary. Fletcher won 24 percent of the primary vote and Dumanis won 13 percent as both were beaten out by the top two candidates, Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner.

The others who have announced they’ll run for Board of Supervisors 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 worked as a deputy district attorney before she was elected to be a municipal judge in 1994. She was elected as a superior court judge in 1998, and in 2002 she edged out incumbent District Attorney Paul Pfingst to become the first openly gay district attorney in the country, and the first woman and first Jew in San Diego to hold the top prosecutor job. She was re- elected three times, running unopposed in 2006 and 2010 and prevailing in the 2014 primary.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.