Dumanis fires campaign manager

By Craig Gustafson, Reporter

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, a 2012 candidate for San Diego mayor, has fired her campaign manager just six weeks into the yearlong race to replace outgoing Mayor Jerry Sanders.

The move indicates a rocky start for Dumanis as she competes with fellow Republicans — City Councilman Carl DeMaio and state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher — for endorsements and campaign donations. Democratic Congressman Bob Filner is also running.


The firing of Dumanis campaign manager Tom Mitchell follows announcements that DeMaio raised $540,000 — half of which he contributed himself — and Fletcher collected more than $300,000 by the end of June. Dumanis and Filner have yet to declare their totals ahead of an Aug. 1 deadline.

“The parting was amicable,” said Jen Tierney, a campaign spokeswoman for Dumanis. “We don’t have any other comment.”

Mitchell also said his departure was amicable although he wasn’t given an explanation. His last day was Friday.

The voiceofsandiego.org first reported the move.

The crowded mayoral field, which also includes nine lesser-known candidates, has forced the would-be mayors to move quickly to shore up financial backing to show the viability of their campaigns. Dumanis held a campaign kickoff in June shortly after Sanders endorsed her as his replacement but has since been largely silent as DeMaio and Fletcher continue to grab headlines

The mayoral primary will be held June 5, 2012. If no one wins a majority of the vote, the top two vote-getters face each other in a November runoff.


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