L.A.’s Jackie Lacey to Face Off Against George Gascón for D.A.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey is headed for a November runoff with the former district attorney of San Francisco, George Gascón. The official tally from the March 3 primary left Jackie Lacey with 48.65% of the vote, short of the 50% + 1 required to win the election outright.

Gascón was first appointed San Francisco DA in 2011 by then mayor Gavin Newsom. He resigned in 2019. He had previously served as the city’s police chief and led the police department in Mesa, Arizona. He was raised in Southern California and served as assistant chief of the LAPD under Bill Bratton.

The race between Lacey and Gascón won’t be about experience. This is an election about social justice and ongoing criminal justice reform efforts across the country.

Gascón has been endorsed by Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors, the Los Angeles County Democrats, and the Los Angeles Times. They herald his progressive approach to law enforcement, which includes support for inmate reduction programs and reduced sentencing, laws that make it easier to hold police officers criminally liable, and his early embrace of automatic expungement for marijuana convictions.

Lacey has received endorsements from a number of law-enforcement associations, as well as prominent state and local officials.

Read more about the race here.