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Bonnie Dumanis: Representation through action

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego District Attorney and 2012 mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis said she thinks being the sole female candidate running for mayor gives her an edge heading into the June 5 primary election. “I think it’s really an advantage because I think our approaches [as women] often are different,” she said.

Several female leaders, business owners and professionals recently showed their support of Dumanis in her bid for mayor, including former U.S. Congressmember Lynn Schenk, San Diego County Supervisors Pam Slater-Price and Dianne Jacob, and former Assemblymember Charlene Zettel, among others.

“As a woman, by nature I am collaborative, I bring people together [and] I can multi-task,” Dumanis said. “I think we deescalate things more.” The district attorney said functioning as mayor did not always rely on gender, and that for her, it is about representation, too.

Representing women – and openly gay women – professionally began at Dumanis’s first job as a junior clerk typist in the San Diego County district attorney’s office. “I was working in the office [when I] passed the bar, but I had to work during the day volunteering as a lawyer and then doing my regular job at night before I got hired as a lawyer,” she said.

Read the full story in Gay San Diego, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.

(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 SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego.)