A lot has been written about Carl DeMaio as a candidate and as a gay Republican, and I wanted to take some time to speak to DeMaio about how he perceives himself fitting in with both the LGBT community and the Republican Party.
While this email interview was conduced before DeMaio announced May 31 he was running against Rep. Scott Peters for the 52nd Congressional district, I asked him questions about his perceptions of a community he is at once a member of – and, by some, excluded – that continue to be relevant.
Allan Acevedo: What have you been working on since the mayoral election ended?
Carl DeMaio: We laid out important reforms during my time on the City Council and run for mayor that will help us balance the budget, foster job creation and restore important services like after school programs and road repairs.
Even though I won’t be able to advance those reforms as mayor, I have formed a political action group to help build a bipartisan commitment to implement these reforms and keep the public informed and engaged in what’s happening at City Hall.
I also helped create a statewide California Reform Initiative to take many of the reforms we were successful with here locally and help implement them in Sacramento and local governments across California.
Read the full interview in Gay San Diego, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.
As a matter of full disclosure, SDGLN Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with Carl DeMaio.