Del Mar resident may run for district attorney office

By James R. Riffel

City News Service

Bonnie Dumanis confirmed April 12 that she plans to seek a fourth term as San Diego County’s top prosecutor, while a veteran lawyer filed papers that will allow him to explore whether to become her first challenger.

A Dumanis campaign spokeswoman sent City News Service a statement that announced the district attorney’s plans.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished in the D.A.’s office during my tenure, including maintaining one of the highest conviction rates in the state of California,’’ said Dumanis, who was first elected in 2002. “In my next term, I look forward to working with our extraordinary team to pursue justice and put even more innovative crime prevention programs in place to keep our neighborhoods safer.’’

Dumanis has twice been reelected without opposition. However, she ran a sluggish campaign for San Diego Mayor last year and came in fourth in the June primary election, despite dozens of high-profile endorsements.

In her statement, she said she is focused on her work to protect the public since the election is more than one year away.

The challenge could come from trial lawyer Robert Brewer, who is currently in private practice. He said he filed the necessary paperwork to look into whether to mount a challenge.

Brewer, 66, used to be a state and federal prosecutor and was a decorated Army paratrooper in the Vietnam War.

“San Diego County residents deserve a district attorney who will effectively prosecute criminals, put ethics and fairness ahead of politics in the justice system, and be fully committed to the office of district attorney,’’ Brewer said. “While I anticipate making a formal announcement of candidacy later this year, I have begun securing endorsements and raising the considerable funds necessary to compete successfully in a county that has a population larger than 12 states.’’

The Del Mar resident, who is married to U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez, said he has received positive feedback from community leaders, current and former prosecutors, and law enforcement and legal professionals.

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3 Comments for “Del Mar resident may run for district attorney office”

  1. Nathan Hale

    We are so happy to see someone like Bob Brewer run. The DA’s Ofc is plagued with mediocrity due to a pervasive fear of retaliation, punitive transfers, & rampant cronyism at the top Admin levels. Read Bob Brewer’s Open Letter, it is all absolutely true: http://robertbrewerforda.com/2013/04/10/an-open-letter-to-district-attorney-employees/

  2. Sue Fricken

    I hope that you win. The DA’s office choses to overcharge and undercharge cases not based on facts, but on politics. The DA’s are arrogant and only care about conviction rates, not justice. Every San Diego should be frightened by the poor leadership and decision making. It’s time for a change!

  3. Carrie A.

    Thank you to Del Mar resident Bob Brewer for the willingness to commit to a fight against an opponent so widely despised in the community. Bonnie Dumanis is a prime example of the Peter Principle–where she has risen in the legal organizational hierarchy to her now supreme level of incompetence.

    Everything that woman does is based on politics and expediency. She has brought such a level of shame to the “Hall of Justice” that I am sure that I speak for many at NOT DUMANIS, when we say we are happy to throw our support behind Bob and help him extricate the claws of Bonnie from that otherwise esteemed office downtown. Good luck!

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