SAN DIEGO -- Nearly a year before San Diegans will vote for their next mayor, the current mayor announced who he thinks should succeed him at City Hall.
Mayor Jerry Sanders formally endorsed District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for mayor Wednesday on Fox 5 Morning News.
"I've known Bonnie for 20 years. I've known her when she was a prosecutor, I've known her when she was a judge, I know her now as the DA, and she has the credibility and the integrity that I think is really important for this office," Sanders said. "She's also the only (candidate) who's run as a CEO an office like the DA's Office, and people forget that we're in the strong-mayor form of government now, and the mayor's not part of the council. The mayor actually runs the city, and I think we need someone with that type of experience."
Sanders, who has been mayor since 2004, is prevented from running for reelection by term limits. His endorsement came a day after City Councilman Kevin Faulconer announced his support for Dumanis.
In addition to Dumanis, Councilman Carl Demaio and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher announced their mayoral bids this week. State Sen. Christine Kehoe has launched an exploratory committee in advance of a possible candidacy. Observers say Rep. Bob Filner is also thinking about entering the race.
Sanders said the reason for the flurry of political activity in the mayoral race right now is money.
"The reason that your seeing all this activity this week is that it's about fundraising. Candidates need to raise money, and June 30 is one of the first filing periods, and to be a credible candidate, you have to raise some money by June 30," Sanders said. "That's the reason people are coming out now, a year ahead of time, and it's the reason you're seeing endorsements now."
San Diegans will vote for mayor in the June 5, 2012 primary election.