The former NFL player is running for mayor of Long Beach, California, and recently switched his voter registration card from Republican to decline-to-state. From the Contra Costa Times: "Damon Dunn, a real estate investor and former NFL player turned mayoral candidate, got off to a dubious start when addressing the Republican Long Beach Lincoln Club on Thursday. He told the gathered audience at the Long Beach Yacht Club that he was no longer one of them."
The article continues: "The 36-year-old Dunn, a Republican who ran for Secretary of State in 2010, said he recently changed his party affiliation to decline-to-state after being in the GOP for three years, and before that, a Democrat for seven years. Many prospective voters in Long Beach will tune out if they hear a candidate is Republican, said Dunn, even in nonpartisan city races. 'My message is getting clouded by things I don't necessarily believe in,' Dunn said. The admission aside, Dunn, who announced his bid last Wednesday, seemed to impress the crowd during a roughly 30-minute speech."
More about Mr. Dunn's mayoral bid: "Dunn's vision of being mayor is hands-on, with the candidate promising to use his business experience to act as a 'chief economic officer' in direct talks with prospective ventures to help increase the city's coffers by expanding the property, sales and business tax bases. He also intends to raise money for school districts to help students who may not go to college to transition directly into the workforce through internships and other programs."
And more: "Dunn also confronted a question that he will surely face through next year's spring elections. Why should Long Beach voters choose someone to be mayor who has only lived in the city for two years? Dunn started by saying it's his second time living in Long Beach. He first was a resident in 2000, when he played for the Los Angeles Xtreme in the XFL."