By Miriam Raftery
June 3, 2013 (San Diego) – District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has defeated two challengers to win reelection outright, since in San Diego County races with three or more contenders, if one candidates receives 50% or more of votes, there is no run-off in November.
As of midnight, Dumanis has a solid win with 55% of the vote. Bill Brewer, a criminal defense lawyer who has also represented Sempra Energy, has around 35%, while deputy district attorney Terry Wyatt trails with 10%.
The campaign has been rocked with controversies, including questions over campaign contributions from a foreign national to a group supporting Dumanis and the role of Brewer in halting a federal probe into Sempra bribery allegations in Mexico.
Dumanis has served as San Diego's D.A. since 2003. She ran for mayor in 2012 but lost to Bob Filner. Critics have contended she politicized the office by making numerous endorsements of candidates.
Brewer, meanwhile, took heat for taking campaign donations from the former Nancy Hoover, his ex-client who was convicted as part of the J. David Dominelli Ponzi scheme.
Dumanis has told ECM that she is passionate about public safety issues. Her office has made significant strides toward cracking down on gang violence including human trafficking, as well as stepping up enforcement against elder abuse, she has stated.