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UPDATE: First woman, African-American elected to D.A.’s office

Posted: November 7, 2012 9:16 a.m.
Updated: November 7, 2012 2:51 p.m.

Jackie Lacey will become the first woman and the first African-American to helm the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office after winning 55 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

“Ms. Lacey ran a dignified campaign and has earned our respect,” her opponent, Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, said in a concession statement early today.

“While she and I have serious disagreements, we share a commitment to making Los Angeles County a safer place to live.”

Lacey, a Democrat, and Jackson, a Republican, both raised more than $1 million in the battle for the top prosecutor’s spot.

Although the position is nonpartisan, Lacey picked up a lot of support from Democratic politicians, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Jackson was endorsed by Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

In her victory speech, Lacey attributed her win to her family, her election team and her supporters.

“I want to thank all of my supporters,” Lacey said. I am a kid from Dorsey High School who because of all of you grew up to be the District Attorney-elect of the largest local prosecutors’ office in the nation.”

Lacey was appointed to the No. 2 spot in the D.A.’s office by longtime District Attorney Steve Cooley, who is retiring. Cooley endorsed Lacey as his replacement.





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