San Diego County’s District Attorney Will Not Seek Re-Election
San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says she will step down in July, but we could soon see her on the county’s Board of Supervisors. Dumanis hinted at a run for the board in a letter to staff Thursday, saying she believes she would make an “effective member,” though she hasn’t decided yet whether to run.
But just days before Dumanis announced her decision not to seek re-election, press reports indicated that she was a subject of the high-profile Azano corruption case and that she may have had improper contacts regarding the Mexican billionaire at the center of it all.
San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes called for an independent investigation headed by a special prosecutor.
“The public deserves to know the extent of the District Attorney’s involvement in the Azano corruption scandal, and whether any other personnel in the DA’s office acted improperly,” Hayes said. “I’m calling on the County Board of Supervisors to launch an independent investigation headed by a special prosecutor into the Office of the District Attorney’s connection with this far-reaching case – the largest political corruption scandal in San Diego history.”
Bonnie Dumanis has served as District Attorney since 2003. She oversees around 1,000 employees with a conviction rate of 94 percent. As for her most likely successor, Voice of San Diego has some thoughts.