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Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley Announces She Will Not Seek Re-election

O’Malley joined the District Attorney’s Office in September 1984 and became the first woman elected to the position of District Attorney, taking on the role in 2009.

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After 37 proud years as a member of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced Tuesday that she has decided not to seek a fourth term in the upcoming election.

“I could not be more thankful for the career I have had in the best District Attorney’s Office in the state and certainly one of the best in the nation. The overwhelming respect for this Office is widespread and well earned,” O’Malley said.

O’Malley will complete her term that ends in the beginning of 2023.

“I will work as I hard as I have in the past as I continue to lead this office,” she said.

O’Malley joined the District Attorney’s Office in September 1984 and became the first woman elected to the position of District Attorney, taking on the role in 2009.

“As long as I have been in the Office, first as a Deputy District Attorney and then in leadership as Chief Assistant and now District Attorney, our actions have always been grounded in seeking the truth, fighting for justice and working with compassion for others,” stated O’Malley.

“We have consistently strived to ensure that the criminal justice system in California and Alameda County is more responsive, more aware and more humane for those who are accused, for victims of crime and for those who witnessed crime.”

O’Malley’s legacy is far-reaching.

Under her leadership, the office expanded the victim/witness division to 40 victim advocates and opened the Family Justice Center, the second of its kind in the country.  The FJC provides services primarily to women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sex assault or human trafficking, or elder/dependent care abuse or child abuse.

The office has become an undisputed leader in combating human trafficking. In 2009, O’Malley introduced H.E.A.T Watch (Human Exploitation and Trafficking), a blueprint for all communities to build their anti-trafficking initiatives. H.E.A.T. Watch is now a national model.

In 2011, O’Malley created the District Attorney Justice Academy (DAJA) for juniors and seniors in high school. The now countywide program helps youth find their passion, and advocate for a better society. More than 1,000 students have participated in the program, and 100% have gone off to college.

O’Malley also led an initiative on both a national and statewide level to test forensic sexual assault kits. After discovering the crisis of untested sexual assault kits in police evidence, O’Malley took the issue to the White House. President Barack Obama signed into law the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

O’Malley has also written, sponsored and advocated for more than 61 bills that have become law in the State of California.

Since the beginning of her career as District Attorney, she has fought for the appropriate treatment of inmates; individuals sentenced to State Prison for the most serious crimes committed in Alameda County make up less than 3% of the total prison population. “We have created more alternative courts to incarceration than any other county in the State and perhaps the country, per capita,” O’Malley added.

“I am grateful to all of those in the county and in the office who have given me great support over the course of my career. Your voices have contributed to the success and progress of the office and to the safety of our community,” O’Malley stated.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Endorses Mia Bonta

The special primary election is June 29 by mail-in ballot only with the general election set for August 31.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, endorsed Mia Bonta for East Bay Assembly District 18, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro.

The special election is being held because seat was vacated by her husband, Rob Bonta, who was appointed California Attorney General by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The remainder of Rob Bonta’s assembly term is through 2022.

Lee tweeted “[l]et’s do this @MiaBonta! The Bay Area is lucky to have such a fierce progressive advocate.”

Bonta thanked Lee via Twitter for her support.

Lee also said of Bonta that she “ . . . will bring a progressive, social, economic and racial justice lens to our state legislature.”

“She will stand up for communities that have been marginalized and underrepresented for too long.  Mia is committed to addressing our community’s most pressing issues, such as homelessness, environmental justice, criminal justice reform, helping families and businesses recover from the pandemic, and reopening schools safely.  Mia has a strong record of serving East Bay children and families,” Lee said.

Mia Bonta is currently board president of the Alameda Unified School District.  She is also endorsed by U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland City Council members Sheng Thao, Loren Taylor and Treva Reid of districts 4, 6 and 7 respectively; California State Board of Equalization member Malia Cohen, Nate Miley and Keith Carson of Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 7 BART Director Lateefah Simon; Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker, Black Women for Political Action (BWOPA) and Equality California among others.

Bonta is running in a field with Mali Vella (who also received Schaaf’s endorsement), Janani Ramachandran, James Aguilar, Eugene Canson, Stephen Slauson, Joel Britton, and Victor Aguilar.

The special primary election is June 29 by mail-in ballot only with the general election set for August 31.

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