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.
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.
Candidates rally voters at the eleventh hour, and San Diegans hit the polls.
Walking precincts is a useful reminder: For all the policy-parsing, fact-checking and trend-watching that precedes an election, city races are usually afterthoughts to even the most active voters.
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.
Last week City Attorney Jan Goldsmith dismissed Democrats as freedom-haters. Now the people running to replace Goldsmith are universally condemning him right back.
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.