LA District Attorney Race: Jackie Lacey Endorsed by SF Mayor and City Attorney, Who Worked with Her Opponent as D.A.

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As the LA District Attorney race heats up, incumbent Jackie Lacey has been endorsed by San Francisco Mayor London Breed and San Francisco City Attorney, Dennis Herrera, who worked with her opponent in an identical capacity in SF.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s race is heating up between Jackie Lacey and George Gascon. Electied officials who worked with Gascon in a nearly identical capacity in San Francisco tout Jackie Lacey as the stronger choice for Los Angeles.

Breed said Lacey “effectively navigated the delicate balance between keeping our communities safe and enacting meaningful reform.” Herrera, who has been in office since 2001, said Lacey “knows how to balance reforming the system while ensuring that violent criminals are off the street and neighborhoods are kept safe.” At the same time, Breed “blamed Gascón and his posture of reform for the rash of car break-ins and other street problems that have dogged San Francisco,” and said that Lacey “effectively navigated the delicate balance between keeping our communities safe and enacting meaningful reform.”

Michael Kahn, interim director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College, says the outcome of the race could affect the direction of the criminal justice system. Progressive movement is good, but should be measured in effectiveness. Lacey’s record of success, and support of those who know what is needed in this area, speaks for itself. Read about their opinions on the two candidates, and their reasoning, below.

LA TIMES: San Francisco’s mayor and city attorney endorse L.A. County Dist Atty. Jackie Lacey, snubbing George Gascón

Los Angeles Magazine: Why Do Officials Who Worked with George Gascón in S.F. Appear to Be Snubbing Him Now?

NPR – KCRW: Jackie Lacey v. George Gascon: Do Angelenos want a progressive new district attorney?

SF CHRONICLE: Breed, SF city attorney endorse George Gascón’s opponent in LA’s DA race

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