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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is running for mayor in the city of San Diego in 2012.

Dumanis, who we’ve termed the most powerful politician in San Diego, will be a major contender in the race to replace current Mayor Jerry Sanders. Sanders is termed out next year.

Dumanis, a Republican, already has a campaign website running and sent an email announcing her candidacy to supporters this morning:

For some time, I’ve been talking with San Diegans about how my experience can be of value as the city continues its struggle back to financial health. As your District Attorney, I see the best and the worst of our city on a daily basis. But even during San Diego’s darkest days, I see a city with endless possibilities. After serious consideration, I believe I can play an important leadership role in helping us realize that potential. Therefore, I have decided to run for Mayor of the City of San Diego in 2012. I will be making an official announcement soon.

Dumanis is the first candidate to officially throw her name in the hat. Outspoken City Councilman Carl DeMaio has filed papers to run, but has said he’s still making up his mind.

Other potential candidates in what figures to be a wide-open race include Republican state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer, Republican businessman Steve Francis, Democratic state Senator Christine Kehoe and Democratic Congressman Bob Filner.

Here’s a link to our five-part series on the district attorney’s growing power and influence, “The Rise of Dumanis.”

Please contact City Hall reporter Liam Dillon at directly at 619-550-5663. Especially if you’re running for mayor.

Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon was formerly a senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He led VOSD’s investigations and wrote about how regular people...

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