San Diego considers an openly gay GOP mayor

By ELLIOT SPAGAT | October 8, 2011 | 11:05 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego may become the largest American city to elect an openly gay Republican mayor.

The election is eight months away, but two leading contenders are gay. Bonnie Dumanis is a three-term San Diego County district attorney and Carl DeMaio is a businessman-turned-city councilman.

Neither candidate made marks as gay rights activists, which may help explain why their sexual orientation has been a non-issue even among social conservatives. Neither makes a secret of being gay, but they don't call attention to it either.

San Diego has had Republican mayors since 1992. Four years ago, Mayor Jerry Sanders faced a mutiny in his party when he abruptly announced support for same-sex marriage

Sanders went on to win easily. He is leaving office due to term limits.