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Sanders, Faulconer endorse Bonnie Dumanis for mayor

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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders joined City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer in endorsing District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in next year's mayoral race.

In a video released Wednesday, Sanders cited Dumanis' experience heading up the county DA's office and career of public service as attributes that will help her guide the city.

"She has strong leadership skills and a no-nonsense style," Sanders said of Dumanis. "She also brings consensus to issues and brings people around the table, which is a skill which will be necessary over the next eight years."

The video, sponsored by Dumanis' campaign, features the mayor sitting in what appears to be an office, while swelling, "West Wing"-style music plays in the background.

Sanders joined Faulconer, who declared his support for Dumanis on Tuesday. Faulconer was once thought to be a potential candidate for mayor himself.

In a written statement sent out with the video, Sanders called Dumanis the "best choice" to continue the reform efforts that he has supported as mayor.

"I've known Bonnie Dumanis for nearly 20 years and I'm confident she has the experience to keep San Diego moving in the right direction and to continue restoring our fiscal health," the mayor wrote. "I trust her to build on the progress we've already made and keep our economy moving, while protecting public safety."

Dumanis is a former Superior Court judge and three-time elected district attorney.

More mayoral race news is expected Wednesday, with U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) scheduled to announce his campaign for the office as well.

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