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.

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.

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.

San Diego’s primary election isn’t for three months, but who will advance to the runoff in the race for city attorney could be decided next week. That’s when the local Democratic Party will choose whether to endorse one of the four Democrats running.