Judge Bonnie Dumanis to Run for Board of Supervisors
A trailblazer for San Diego
(San Diego, Calif.) – Judge Bonnie Dumanis, who served as District Attorney for nearly 15 years, and has spent her life as a trailblazer for women, will run for San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
“Today, I announce my candidacy for Supervisor and look forward to laying out my agenda for the future of San Diego,” said Dumanis. “Over the years, we have benefitted 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.”
Dumanis, a former municipal and superior court judge, defeated an incumbent District Attorney in 2002 and during her time as DA helped make San Diego one of the safest big cities in America with crime at a 47-year low. She also worked to ensure a fair justice system, protecting the innocent and putting the dangerous behind bars.
“As District Attorney, Bonnie led an office that was a shining example for other District Attorney’s Offices on how to manage cases of wrongful conviction,” said Professor Justin Brooks, Director of the California Innocence Project. “My work with her led to the release of two innocent men who may have died in prison without her assistance.”
“As a judge and District Attorney, Bonnie was always fair, just and compassionate. Her door was always open. She was a leader in criminal justice reform,” said Henry Coker, former San Diego Public Defender.
“Bonnie is a visionary with long and deep connections in the Fourth District,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts, who is retiring due to term limits. “She knows how to make a difference in people’s lives, and I’m honored to support her candidacy.”
Dumanis was raised in a tough town south of Boston and worked hard to get ahead in an era where women faced institutionalized discrimination. Her father, who was a truck driver for 25 years and a proud Teamster, and mother, who worked for the government’s WIC program (Women, Infants and Children), which provides nutritional support for low-income families, instilled in her the fight that defines her today. She knows first hand the struggles of working families because she’s from the working class.
After putting herself through college and law school while working as a junior clerk typist in the San Diego DA’s office, she rose up the ranks to Deputy DA and was soon elected a judge to the Municipal Court, and then the Superior Court. In 2002, she challenged the incumbent DA and won a race that no one thought she could win. She was the first openly gay prosecutor elected in the country and the first woman DA in San Diego history. She went on to serve nearly 15 years as one of San Diego’s most popular elected leaders.
Contact: Jason Roe