Ten-year District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis sailed through two previous elections without a challenger. Next year, she will face a living, breathing opponent – one who’s already making an impact in the race, eight months ahead of the primary.
Former prosecutor Bob Brewer formally announced his effort to unseat Dumanis on Wednesday night, and Deputy District Attorney Terri Wyatt has also made her bid official by filing paperwork with the county.
Though Dumanis maintains a high-profile list of endorsers, there are signs the political newcomers, particularly Brewer, could give her a serious challenge.
Here are a few reasons Dumanis should be prepared for a grueling race.
• In more than a decade as district attorney, Dumanis has become one of the region’s most powerful politicians but that didn’t translate into a strong showing in the mayor’s race.