Here we go again …Editorial, Latest Issue, Top Highlights Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has thrown her hat in the ring to take over Supervisor Ron Robert’s seat when he terms out in 2018. While Dumanis has not formally started her campaign, she has filed the paperwork. This sets up a rematch between Nathan Fletcher and Dumanis who both ran for mayor, and lost, in 2012.
The LGBT community is once again faced with a choice. An LGBT Republican candidate who is just that, Republican. Or a straight, former Republican that is now a Democrat. Fletcher made his transition from Republican to Independent to finally accepting himself for the Democrat that he is. Now married to Democratic stalwart Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Fletcher has a great connection to labor through his wife. Plus, the supervisor district has Democrat registered voters that are more than two times that of Republican registration.
While Dumanis, 65, has been generally successful in her races within San Diego, some feel it is time for Dumanis to retire. She has her pension from her judgeship, as well as her tenure as district attorney and some feel it is time for a new face. Fletcher, 40, is not exactly a new face but his is newer than that of Dumanis.
There are some other fresher faces in the race; attorney Omar Parsons and real estate advisor Marcia Nordstrom. Retired Deputy Fire and Rescue Chief Ken Marlborough is also running. But in my humble opinion, the race is really between Dumanis and Fletcher both who have name recognition that eclipse all other candidates combined.
The LGBT community is faced with a similar choice to the one we have had to always make concerning Carl DeMaio; how can we support Bonnie Dumanis when she is part of a party that tries to reverse transgender service in the military and clearly is ambivalent about LGBT rights. Bonnie, if you want me to seriously consider your candidacy, become a Democrat.
Of course, this is San Diego … we might get a surprise in 2018, but my bet is on Nathan Fletcher.
San Diego LGBT Weekly
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