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District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis would like to remind you that she is the only woman running for mayor.

A day after announcing she had received a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood of San Diego, Dumanis announced Tuesday an endorsement from a coalition of local women leaders.

The group includes former Democratic Congresswoman Lynn Schenk, County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Pam Slater-Price, along with Barbara Bry, founder of Run Women Run, a pro-choice organization that has already endorsed Dumanis.

Monday, she announced the rating from Planned Parenthood while pointing to her long-held commitment to pro-choice issues.

With just over a month until the San Diego Mayoral primary, from which two candidates will advance to a November run-off if no single candidate pulls more than 50 percent of the vote, Dumanis looks to be hoping to bolster her last-place standing in the polls with a call to the city’s female voters.

“I've been pro-choice my entire life, which sets me apart from the other guys,” she said in the press release. “As the only woman in the field of candidates running for mayor, issues related to a woman's reproductive rights are close to my heart and I have always been very clear where I stand."

Dumanis, a Republican, is San Diego’s first female district attorney. She’s also the only woman among the four major mayoral candidates: Republican Councilman Carl DeMaio, newly independent Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Democratic Congressman Bob Filner.

In an announcement of the coalition’s endorsement, including a list of over 130 women who have come out in support of her candidacy, Dumanis touted her creation of a Women’s Advisory Board in the district attorney’s office; her role in writing and passing Jessica’s Law; her involvement as a volunteer with Women’s Legal Services and other organizations; her service on the board of directors of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Big Sisters and Second Chance; and her term as president of a group that seeks to advance the status of women in law, the San Diego Lawyers Club.

"Bonnie Dumanis has shattered glass ceilings for women in law enforcement to become San Diego's first woman District Attorney,” said Schenk, in a press release announcing the coalition’s support. “As mayor, Bonnie will bring a proven track record of innovation, a detailed reform plan to get our city schools back on track and the chief executive experience to keep San Diego moving in the right direction.”

In debates and forums, Dumanis has frequently referred to the number of glass ceilings she broke during her climb from a clerk typist to become the city’s first female DA.

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