San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced that she is stepping down as District Attorney after nearly 15 years in the position.

Greg Moran
April 20, 2017

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Thursday she is resigning effective July 7, ending a nearly 15-year tenure as the county’s chief prosecutor.

She may not, however, be leaving public life. In an email sent to the staff of the District Attorney’s Office at 7:30 a.m. announcing her decision, Dumanis said she is considering running for a seat on the county Board of Supervisors but has not made up her mind.

“To be clear, I have not decided if I will be a candidate or not,” she wrote. “I believe my experience, and the critical role that the Board plays in public safety and policy issues, would make me an effective member. However, I do not want to create any conflict with, or distraction from the important work of the District Attorney’s Office. Therefore, I feel it’s appropriate for me to resign at this time as I explore my potential candidacy.”

She announced in January she would not seek a fifth, four-year term.

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Dumanis was not available for an interview Thursday, her communications staff said. Her announcement came as speculation about her interest in the seat on the Board of Supervisors remained strong.

It also came amid reports this week of federal court filings in the long-running political corruption case against Mexican businessman José Susumo Azano Matsura, which continues to dog Dumanis, who testified at the trial.

Azano was convicted of illegally contributing almost $600,000 to the 2012 mayoral campaigns of Dumanis and Rep. Bob Filner, as well as committees for county and congressional Democrats and the campaign of Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego.

Then-U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, now a San Diego Superior Court judge, had recused herself from the case. Azano’s lawyers have now revealed that Dumanis and Duffy communicated just before Azano’s trial last summer and during it.

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