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Progressive Public Defender Wins District Attorney Race In San Francisco


Added 11-09-19 10:54:03pm EST - “Chesa Boudin, whose parents spent decades in prison, won despite his opponent Suzy Loftus being appointed interim DA weeks before the election.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Progressive Public Defender Wins District Attorney Race In San Francisco”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Boudin and opponent Suzy Loftus were neck-and-neck for days as officials tallied votes from the city’s ranked-choice ballots.

Boudin, 39, is a public defender who ran on a platform of closing jails, eliminating cash bail, combating racism in the criminal justice system and diverting people from jails and prisons. 

Loftus, the interim district attorney, congratulated Boudin on his win Saturday afternoon and vowed a “smooth and immediate transition.” 

I didn’t win the race - but we won the support of so many San Franciscans who are demanding that our city work more effectively together to build safety. Congratulations to Chesa Boudin. I will work to ensure a smooth and immediate transition.

Boudin beat out three other candidates, all would-be political newcomers, including Loftus, who was suddenly appointed interim district attorney last month after then-DA George Gascón stepped down to explore a run for DA in Los Angeles. Loftus, who was appointed to the interim post by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, had previously lined up other high-profile endorsements from presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and was considered the more establishment candidate.

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