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After District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ mayoral campaign spent the first two days of the week reaching out to female voters, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher announced Wednesday his intention to form an advisory committee for his mayoral campaign.

The women’s mayoral advisory committee will be tasked with integrating women into city government while informing Fletcher of issues facing women in the city. The announcement coincided with his unveiling of a 1,000-member coalition, Women for Fletcher.

One specific task for the to-be-formed advisory committee will be nominating women for appointments in City Hall and for civic boards and commissions. It’ll be asked for feedback directed at issues surrounding education, job creation, the business environment, equal pay, domestic violence, city services and the needs of military families.

Fletcher’s event Wednesday also launched a recruiting video starring his wife Mindy Fletcher, a former aide to both President George W. Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

She co-chairs Women for Fletcher along with President of LEAD San Diego Vicky Carlson and principal of IDentity Communications Ilia Terrazas-Dickey.

Earlier in the week, the Dumanis campaign sent out a press release touting the 100 percent approval she was given by Planned Parenthood of San Diego, and reiterated that she has been vocally pro-choice her entire life, “which sets me apart from the other guys,” she said, referring to her mayoral opponents.

Fletcher has also received a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood.

Dumanis held a press conference the next day announcing support for her campaign from over 130 San Diego women.

One of those women, local attorney Janice Brown, spoke in favor of Fletcher at his Wednesday press conference.

The other candidates in the race are San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio and Congressman Bob Filner. The top two vote getters will proceed to a November run-off if none of the candidates receive 50 percent of the June 5 primary vote.

A previous version of this story neglected to mention Fletcher's 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood.

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