A Closer Look at the District Attorney

County Voters Deserve Transparency and Fairness in the Appointment of the Interim DA and the 2018 Election of the Future County District Attorney.

A great deal of power and responsibility lies in the hands of district attorneys and sheriffs. Yet, most voters don’t pay close attention to these candidates. Many voters simply skip these boxes on the ballot. Even editorial boards of newspapers often do not bother to endorse sheriff or district attorney candidates. Without involvement from voters, community organizations, opinion leaders and the media, the immense powers that we put in the hands of DAs and sheriffs will go unchecked.

Many voters don’t realize that the district attorney and sheriff are two of the most powerful elected officials in the state.

Click here to demand transparency and fairness in the appointment of the interim DA and the 2018 election of the future County District Attorney.

The DA has the power to

  • Set the stakes by deciding what charges to file;
  • Choose whether to seek a death sentence;
  • Give someone a second chance by directing them to treatment or rehabilitation instead of jail;
  • Influence state policy;
  • Listen and respond to the community; and
  • Provide services to crime victims.

This is why the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties wants to shine a bright light on  critical races. After all, because they are elected officials, California’s district attorneys and sheriffs report to YOU!

On April 30, 2017, we joined other concerned community groups in writing a letter to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. We believe that County voters deserve transparency and fairness in the appointment of the interim DA and the 2018 election of the future County District Attorney. Read the letter below.

Open Letter to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Open Letter to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

On behalf of San Diego County voters, we urge our Board of Supervisors to appoint an interim DA who will pledge NOT to run for the office of the District Attorney in the June 2018 primary.

Tell our Board of Supervisors we demand an open, democratic DA selection process.

San Diego County voters deserve transparency and fairness in the appointment of the interim DA and the 2018 election of the future County District Attorney. Learn more about this race and many upcoming elections by looking at the links below and checking this page as we update it.

Relevant articles:

San Diego Explained: Replacing District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis

Should interim San Diego DA pledge not to run?

Replacement pick for DA Dumanis v. democracy

Ex-prosecutor will apply for district attorney post, pledges not to be a candidate in 2018 election

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