The County Board of Supervisors has a decision on its hands.
Greg Walden, a former deputy district attorney who retired after over 30 years in the office, is looking to become interim district attorney. Bonnie Dumanis, the current DA, announced last month that she’ll resign her seat in July, leaving the Board of Supervisors to appoint a temporary successor until the 2018 election.
Earlier this week, Adam Gordon, a former deputy district attorney who’s now in private practice, also applied for the position. Both Gordon and Walden have pledged not to run in the 2018 election.
They join Chief Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan, who is seeking the appointment and is already running for the seat in 2018. She’s collected a powerful list of bipartisan endorsements, including most of the county’s law enforcement and prosecutorial leaders.
But it’s the support of Dumanis that is giving people pause, and which drew Walden and Gordon into the fray. Stephan, meanwhile, said the concerns are nothing but trumped-up political machinations.
Earlier this year, Dumanis reportedly told supporters of her “succession plan,” in which she would resign early so the supervisors could appoint her chosen successor, who could then run in 2018 as an incumbent. Incumbency is a powerful advantage in down-ticket, low-information races.
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Ms Stephan is strongly aligned with Catholic interests, so if we want to really change homelessness, she will side with Catholic Charities and Father Joe ( Now St Vincent DePaul)
Her connections to Ms Dumanis and the current very corrupt model will leave employees like DA Greenberg, who completely betrayed public trust in a robbery case in 2012 by taking a report nor returning calls- when I came down to report in person- Guess who walked out of DA Special Operations, Det Clark SDPD narcotics officer ( and no he was not a DA yet) I gave him my complaint (he took no notes and did not have me fill out a complaint form) he misidentified himself and as it turned out the SDPD narcotics division were the one that were responsible for the original robbery!
Its a very connected and good old boy network and all the boys are very close to billionaires - yes right here in little San Diego. Lets clear the decks and get someone whose not a play for pay or even has connections to special interests, albeit religious, that will influence decisions.
Lets get one of these ex DA's who know the inside problems with big money in San Diego and how it corrupts our beautiful city- my birthplace and if special interests believes its OK to character defame and finally, physically, hurt senior citizens - then international justice should come in and really take a look at dangerous law breaking special interests! Unfortunately Ms Stepham is not in a position to clean up Bonnie's DA's nor for that matter Gore's sheriffs who work hand in hand with Bonnie
I listened to the podcast of the engaging interview with Summer Stephan and unless other information comes to light I would be strongly inclined to vote for her. I do have a problem with Dumanis resigning and getting her chosen successor appointed and having the mantle of being the incumbent and the advantages that provides. Comparisons with the Sheriff situation are not the same since Sheriff Kolendar had health issues that precluded his ability to perform. Perhaps even if he had not had health issues he would have resigned early anyway to give his preferred successor, Gore, a leg up but that was not the case. I think Gore is a fine Sheriff and certainly far better than the two opponents he had in his first election. Dumanis is resigning because of her apparent desire to run for the Board of Supervisors. Why she did not resign when she ran for Mayor is a question we will never get an honest answer to.