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PRESS RELEASE: Bonnie Dumanis responds to Nathan Fletcher's announcement of party change

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THIS IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE BONNIE DUMANIS CAMPAIGN

SAN DIEGO -- District Attorney and San Diego Mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis, a Republican, issued the following statement today not long after mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher announced that he was leaving the GOP to become an Independent:

In my 30 years as a prosecutor, a judge, and the District Attorney, I've seen a lot of conflict and made tough decisions.

When you're in a tough spot, you stick to your principles. You stay true to who you are. You don't panic, you don't get desperate.

My principles haven't changed. As District Attorney and the chief executive of a large government organization, I've worked hard for many years to build relationships across San Diego, regardless of party affiliation. I've worked with these communities not for political advantage, but because it's the right thing to do to protect public safety.

San Diego needs a Mayor who is tough, calm and steady when things heat up.