LA County Prosecutor May Become First Black DA, First Woman DA

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Jackie Lacey is being backed by a number of influential elected officials, prominent law enforcement organizations and labor unions so it is very likely that the veteran prosecutor will become the next district attorney in Los Angeles County. If Lacey becomes the next DA, she will be the very first African-American district attorney as well as the first female district attorney in the county’s history.

Los Angeles County has close to 10 million residents occupying over 4,057 square miles which makes it the nation’s largest county. Over 25 percent of California’s total population of 38 million people live in LA county but just 9.3 percent are African-American.

Among the few African Americans that have been elected to the  district attorney position are Seth Williams, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -Philadelphia County,Robert Schuler Smith, in Hinds County of Jackson, Mississippi,  Robert Johnson, in Bronx County, Bronx, New York, and Paul L. Howard, in Fulton County – Atlanta, Georgia.

Lacey has been the  Chief Deputy District Attorney for the last 10 years and will be facing a head on battle with Alan Jackson in the non-partisan election that will take place on November 6. Lacey is a Democrat and Jackson is a Republican.

While polls show that Lacey was more popular than Jackson, she did not get the 51 percent necessary to defeat Jackson outright and they have now been forced into the November 6 run off.

Even though the race is non-partisan, Lacey has secured endorsements from prominent Democratic Party officials including Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris. Because of the Democratic Party’s overwhelming edge in voter registration it is being predicted that Lacey will win.

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