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Political Update with VIDEO: The race for mayor, White House LGBT Pride reception, and a call for unity

The two prominent political organizations for LGBT constituents and their allies have yet to make any official endorsements, but they are not quietly sitting on the sidelines, either.

The San Diego Democratic Club (SDDC) announced that their long-standing member Craig Roberts will join about 150 other LGBT leaders from across the country on June 29 for the official White House LGBT Pride Reception with President Barack Obama.

Roberts is also a founding member of the National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) organization, and its current board chair. He has been a member of San Diego’s NSD chapter, the SDDC, since 1993, including a three-year stint as president from 1998 through 2000. He has served as a delegate to the California State Democratic Convention every year since 1994 and was a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

On a national level, the Log Cabin Republicans expressed concern that GOP primary presidential candidates did not represent the priorities of the Republican electorate in CNN’s televised debate.

“The candidates in this CNN debate did not make a strong case to the American people, particularly not to the moderates or younger voters we will need in 2012 to defeat Barack Obama,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans executive director.

“Some of the views expressed by the candidates were out of sync with today’s GOP. A clear majority of Republicans today support the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ The stark contrast between candidates looking to turn back the clock on repeal on the same day that Republican-appointed Defense Secretary Gates declared that the military would soon be ready for open service makes our party appear fearful of change. Calls for a federal marriage amendment while in New Hampshire, a state which currently enjoys marriage equality, showed several candidates to be out of touch. True conservatives know that the federal government should respect individual liberty.

"The pointed exclusion of pro-equality candidates, such as former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson and openly gay Republican candidate Fred Karger, from this debate wrongly perpetuated the myth that Republicans are uniform in their opinions on social issues," Cooper added. "Our party deserves candidates who will represent the values which unite us – individual liberty, fiscal responsibility, and limited government."

The race for San Diego mayor continues to heat up

City Councilmember Carl DeMaio is aggressively fundraising, with several events planned through the end of June, taking only one day off on Sunday, June 26. He has posted an extensive list of community supporters on his website, but has yet to announce any major endorsements.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has yet to kick-off her campaign, but recently received the endorsement of San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts.

"Bonnie and I have worked together for more than a decade to create a safer, healthier San Diego. I'm proud to endorse Bonnie and know she will use her chief executive experience to continue moving the city forward in the areas of pension reform, job creation and fiscal responsibility," Roberts said. "Bonnie has the integrity and innovative leadership style we need right now to continue San Diego's economic recovery.

"The City of San Diego is at a critical moment in its history," Roberts added. "Bonnie Dumanis is the only candidate who has led a large government agency with a $140 million budget and three labor unions. She turned around a troubled District Attorney's Office, delivering consensus, efficiency and accountability."

Congressman Bob Filner has yet to host a campaign kick-off event or conduct any fundraising efforts for his mayoral bid. It appears that for the moment, he is focusing on his congressional responsibilities for California's 51st District. Stay tuned for updates.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, like DeMaio, has posted citizen endorsements on his website, and has also released "Nathan's Supporter of the Day" videos, like the one below.

No word yet from Sen. Christine Kehoe on whether or not she will run for mayor. However, the SDDC plans to release its endorsements and begin its campaign efforts on behalf of those candidates as early as August, so Kehoe has to make her decision before then.

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