After almost 15 years as San Diego County's top law enforcement official, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced today that she is stepping down in July to explore a possible run for a seat on the Board of Supervisors.

``I have not decided if I will be a candidate or not,'' Dumanis said. ``I believe my experience, and the critical role that the Board plays in public safety and policy issues, would make me an effective member.``However, I do not want to create any conflict with, or distraction from the important work of the District Attorney's Office,'' Dumanis said. ``Therefore, I feel it's appropriate for me to resign at this time as I explore my potential candidacy.''

Dumanis, 65, has spent more than 40 years in public life, working as a clerk typist, investigative assistant, deputy district attorney, Juvenile Court referee, Municipal Court judge, Superior Court judge and four-time elected district attorney.

``Serving as district attorney has been an absolute privilege and one of  the highest honors of my professional life,'' Dumanis said. ``Working as a DA alongside an incredibly talented group of professionals for nearly 15 years to deliver justice to the people of San Diego has been a richly rewarding experience. Together, we have been leaders in change and a voice of justice for so many.''

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