Mara Elliott won her first political campaign and she’ll now be expected to make good on her first political promise: to depoliticize the city attorney’s office.
In 2003, my team and I were listening to wiretaps of gang leaders as part of a murder investigation. We heard the usual gang chatter about shootings and guns, but what really shocked us was all the talk about sex trafficking. We learned about how gang members would find young girls at local malls or […]
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis had sat out the race for months even though Robert Hickey is one of her employees and the only Republican in the race. Her announcement comes five days after a committee supporting Hickey’s opponent, Democrat Mara Elliott, put out a YouTube ad attacking Hickey for failing to garner Dumanis’ endorsement.
San Diego’s ballot this year – 17 state measures, 14 local ones if you live in the city of San Diego, plus trivial stuff like electing the leader of the free world – is so big you’ll actually have to fill out two separate ballot cards. But even if you don’t attach the required 67 cents’ worth of stamps, your ballots will still make their way to the registrar.
Deputy City Attorney Mara Elliott lost out on countless Democratic club endorsements and trailed far behind in donations. But she had built-in advantages that money can’t buy. Now Elliott turns her attention to the general, and to making the same case she’s made for months: that she’s the most qualified candidate on the ballot.
The surge in new registered voters, including huge numbers of Democrats, has San Diego politicos wondering whether the usual conventional wisdom – that San Diego Republicans do well in June primaries – will hold this time around.
City attorney candidate Mara Elliott has walked back a claim that the city’s Climate Action Plan is not legally enforceable. But in the process, she might have revealed just how hard it would be for any group of lawyers and their clients to sue the city and win.
For the third straight citywide election, San Diego’s conservative consultants are directing spending not just to help their favored candidate, but also their favored opponent.
We look at the loud city attorney’s race and the quiet races for judgeships.
City attorney candidate Robert Hickey briefly represented JMI Realty and the San Diego Padres in their attempts to finish building Petco Park. On one hand, it shows he’s had experience with the sorts of land-use issues with which the city attorney often deals. But with JMI behind a November ballot initiative the current city attorney says is illegal, it could mean a victorious Hickey would soon face off with his former client.