SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Bonnie Dumanis confirmed Thursday that she plans to seek a fourth term as San Diego County's top prosecutor, while a veteran lawyer filed papers that will allow him to explore whether to become her first challenger.
A Dumanis campaign spokeswoman sent City News Service a statement that announced the district attorney's plans.
"I'm very proud of what we've accomplished in the D.A.'s office during my tenure, including maintaining one of the highest conviction rates in the state of California," said Dumanis, who was first elected in 2002. "In my next term, I look forward to working with our extraordinary team to pursue justice and put even more innovative crime prevention programs in place to keep our neighborhoods safer."
Dumanis has twice been reelected without opposition. However, she ran a sluggish campaign for San Diego mayor last year and came in fourth in the June primary election, despite dozens of high-profile endorsements.
In her statement, she said she is focused on her work to protect the public since the election is more than one year away.
The challenge could come from trial lawyer Robert Brewer, who is currently in private practice. He said he filed the necessary paperwork to look into whether to mount a challenge.
Brewer, 66, used to be a state and federal prosecutor and was a decorated Army paratrooper in the Vietnam War.
"San Diego County residents deserve a district attorney who will effectively prosecute criminals, put ethics and fairness ahead of politics in the justice system, and be fully committed to the office of district attorney," Brewer said. "While I anticipate making a formal announcement of candidacy later this year, I have begun securing endorsements and raising the considerable funds necessary to compete successfully in a county that has a population larger than 12 states."
The Del Mar resident, who is married to U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez, said he has received positive feedback from community leaders, current and former prosecutors, and law enforcement and legal professionals.
In celebration of American Heart Month, Rady Children's Hospital hosted its 34th annual Heart Party. It was a chance for former heart patients and the doctors who treated them to have a very happy and healthy reunion.
A local lawmaker is joining the controversial debate about a Point Loma recycling center. Assemblyman Todd Gloria spoke to residents Saturday during a forum.
Neighbors say the Prince Recycling Center on Voltaire Street is attracting crime and transients, and they want the center to move out of the area.
Fair, warm and dry weather continues through Saturday, but an onshore flow will bring low clouds and fog Saturday night and much cooler weather to the county on Sunday.
Few of us really know how our coworkers spend their time when they are off the clock. In Thursday's Zevely Zone, Jeff gets to know Ryan Brothers - a writer here at KFMB Stations and News 8 - who put his own signature on Mission Trails Regional Park.
A San Marcos man who shot his girlfriend and left her body in her car, parked along northbound Interstate 15 near Escondido, was convicted Friday of first-degree murder.
A local company is on the cutting edge of ocean exploration using unmanned vehicles powered by wind and sun and the future looks bright for these ocean drones, which currently are being tested off the coast of San Diego.
Two men involved in an apparent road rage incident that ended with a rollover crash on State Route 78 in Oceanside may face charges, according to California Highway Patrol.