Black Woman Leads L.A. District Attorney Race; Runoff In Fall


In what the Los Angeles Times calls a surprise, Los Angeles County prosecutors Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson appear headed for a runoff in the race to be the next district attorney, edging out City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who is running third. Trutanich was excpected to win. Lacey had almost 32 percent of the vote, Jackson 23.69 percent and Trutanich 23.32 percent.

Six candidates battled to succeed Steve Cooley, who is retiring this year after three terms. The election was the first time in nearly 50 years that an incumbent was not involved in the race to run the most powerful office in the county’s criminal justice system -– one responsible for prosecuting about 60,000 felony cases a year, including murders, rapes, and robberies. Lacey could be the first black and first woman district attorney.

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