San Diego’s Next Mayor Might Be Gay Republican

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

October 09 2011 12:55 PM ET

BONNIE DUMANIS SAN DIEGO (DUMANIS) | ADVOCATE.COM

When San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders, a
Republican, announced in 2007 that he believed gays should have rights
to marry, saying his lesbian daughter and members of his staff deserved
no less, he caused an uproar among Republicans who threatened to take
away his endorsement. About one-third of San Diego County's Republican
Party central committee voted to yank its backing of Sanders, Chairman
Tony Krvaric told AP, but Sanders kept the endorsement and went
on to win election.

 Now that Sanders is leaving office (forced out by
term limits, rather than lack of voter support), all eyes are on
Dumanis, the 59-year-old DA backed by Sanders and a bevy of cops in
part because of her law enforcement background, and DeMaio, a
36-year-old former businessman who is a man of the people, almost solely
focused on improving city finances.

 LGBT
voters in San Diego are finding themselves with an odd mix of options —
a gay man, a lesbian, or Democrat Bob Filner, a straight congressman
who has made marks as an LGBT activist. Filner served on the LGBT
Equality Caucus in the 112th Congress and has supported marriage
equality, fought against Pro. 8, and called for an end to LGBT
discrimination in schools and the workplace.

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