Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Gay San Diego mayoral candidate secures GOP Party’s backing

In another twist for California’s Republican Party, which includes anti-gay language in its platform and is often dominated by social conservatives, a gay man running to be San Diego’s next mayor won the local GOP Party’s backing in the heated race.

San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio (seen in photo) beat out lesbian District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) for the endorsement of the Republican Party of San Diego County.

“I appreciate the endorsement of the Republican Party and look forward to earning the support of Democrats and Independent voters who understand the fundamental need for reform at City Hall,” DeMaio told reporters.

Party leaders attributed the decision to DeMaio’s fiscal conservatism and economic policies he has pushed on the City Council.

“The vote was a reflection of growing grassroots enthusiasm for DeMaio, and enables us to advance our message of fiscal reform in a unified manner,” Tony Krvaric, party chairman, was quoted as saying.

Republicans over the weekend also endorsed Brad Torgan, a gay man running for Assembly in West Hollywood. It is believed to be a rare instance of California Republicans publicly supporting gay candidates.

Two other out GOP Assembly candidates, Ralph Denney in San Diego and Jason P. Clark in San Francisco, did not win their party’s backing, according to a list sent out by the state party.

DeMaio has been a controversial figure in San Diego since winning his council seat in 2008. As the city’s first out gay councilman, DeMaio has often butted heads with local LGBT leaders and the gay press.

Should DeMaio or Dumanis win the race, they would be the first out mayor to be elected by voters in a major California city. Toni Atkins, a lesbian who served on the San Diego City Council and is now a Democratic state Assemblywoman, was appointed interim mayor in 2005.


— Matthew S. Bajko, March 12, 2012 @ 12:35 pm PST
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