Mayoral candidates Bob Filner and Nathan Fletcher called on two of their opponents, Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis, to participate in upcoming mayoral debates, including our Sept. 17 event, Politifest 2011:

From their joint letter, sent to DeMaio and Dumanis today:

We are disappointed to learn that neither of you has yet accepted any of the invitations you have received for mayoral debates. …

Next year’s mayoral election presents an opportunity for a full and vigorous debate about the future of our city. San Diego residents deserve such a debate, and they deserve the participation of all legitimate candidates in it. Waiting until next March, when the debate may largely be overshadowed by 30-second television commercials, would be a disservice to all San Diegans. …

Do you think DeMaio and Dumanis should join upcoming debates?

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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