District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is the latest candidate for mayor to end the speculation and hop into the fray. She's also the second gay Republican who's started the paperwork process for the 2012 election.
On Thursday morning, Dumanis unleashed social-media hell on the political community, launching a website (bonnieforsandiego.com) and promoting her pages on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, Linkedin and YouTube.
"Our city is obviously at a crucial moment in its history," Dumanis says in an email to supporters. "I get it. People are fed up with unsustainable pensions, a lack of transparency and political infighting. Many San Diegans are still hurting as we struggle to rebound from the recession."
City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, also a gay Republican, took out paperwork in January, though he told media outlets he hasn't yet committed to a run.---
DeMaio's hostility to just about everyone but his base was recently highlighted by voiceofsandiego.org CEO Scott Lewis. In contrast, Dumanis is noted for her cross-spectrum support. Last year, she campaigned for sitting judges even though the local Republican Party had endorsed their opponents. CityBeat also spotted her crossing the party line on primary election night to party with the Democrats.
If State Sen. Christine Kehoe enters the race—as DeMaio predicted in his presentation at the GOP state convention—that will make it three viable gay candidates in the race.
Another gay candidate, liberal activist and journalist Rocky Neptun, is also running for mayor. We're putting him in the non-viable candidate category because he has about as good a chance as CityBeat music editor Peter Holslin defeating Sen. Dianne Feinstein as the National Bruisers Party nominee (inside joke). Neptun's radical new book on San Diego politics probably won't do his campaign any favors, either, though you might do yourself one by reading it.
Here are the municipal candidates so far, according to the City Clerk's office;
Yes, perennial candidate Loch David Crane, the magician who rides the Star Trike, is again in the race. For your viewing pleasure, here's a video from his 1992 campaign: