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Dumanis faced down fears in rise to top

(Editor’s note: SDGLN is not reporting on the 2012 San Diego mayoral race because SDGLN Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, who is running for mayor. SDGLN will also not be making an endorsement in the race. This article was written by UT-San Diego.)

SAN DIEGO -- Her heart pounded as she entered the post office.

Her entire future hinged on the size of the envelope waiting inside her P.O. box. Colleagues told her that if you passed the bar exam, the envelope would be plump, filled with the necessary information for a newly minted lawyer. A thin letter meant you failed.

Bonnie Dumanis took the exam on a whim. She hadn’t had enough time to study. She didn’t really expect to pass. Plenty of friends had failed on the first try and she knew of many others taking their second and third stabs at it.

The past three-and-a-half years culminated in this moment. She had applied for a job at the county of San Diego because she figured she wasn’t qualified for much else. She began as a junior clerk typist even though she hated typing. She saw how women got stuck with typing duties so she endeavored to be just bad enough at it to avoid getting pigeonholed but not so bad as to get fired.

Read the full story in U-T San Diego HERE.