Cooley taps deputy to take over
Jacquelyn Lacey his pick for D.A.
Los Angeles, Calif.—District Attorney Steve Cooley announced he would not run for re-election, and instead threw his support behind his top deputy.
Cooley has been Los Angeles County District Attorney since 2000.
“When I complete this term, I will be 65 1/2-years-old,” Cooley told the Los Angeles Times. “I will have 39 years and 10 months of public service. There’s a sense of wanting to leave on top.”
Cooley said he was backing Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacquelyn Lacey’s campaign to replace him. She is one of several prosecutors in his office looking to take over the top job, including Alan Jackson, who prosecuted Phil Spector; Danette Meyers, who handled the case against Lindsay Lohan; Bobby Grace, who prosecuted serial killer Chester Turner; and Mario Trujillo, who heads the district attorney’s Bellflower office.
Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is also exploring a possible run for district attorney.
With Cooley making his announcement, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich threw his support behind Jackson’s campaign, calling him “a true crime-fighter who is well-qualified to fill Steve Cooley’s shoes.”
The race for Los Angeles County District Attorney is a landmark one for many reasons, not the least among them is the fact that there are three African Americans (including two women) competing for the office. And according to numerous sources, they all have a good chance to make the cut.
Additionally, this is the first time since 1964 that there has been no incumbent in the race, which makes the possibility that one person will win the required 50 percent plus 1 vote much slimmer.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, low voter turn out and a new primary system in place, the semi-official results from Tuesday’s election will find a number of contenders facing one another again in a much pared down race in November.
For example, in the Los Angeles County District attorney’s race Jackie Lacey, should she beat opponent Alan Jackson, is poised to become the first woman and African American to head the office since it was established in 1850.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Former Assemblyman Mike Feuer was preparing today to move into the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office after handily defeating incumbent Carmen Trutanich.
Feuer’s decisive victory ended one of the most bitter campaigns of the runoff election season. Sniping between the two candidates reached new heights in the 10 weeks after the March 5 primary election, in which Feuer finished on top but fell short of the 50 percent needed to win the seat outright.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — After weeks of bitter campaigning that included ethics complaints and lawsuits, voters will have the final say today in the race for Los Angeles city attorney, with former Assemblyman Mike Feuer hoping to unseat incumbent Carmen Trutanich.
Sniping between the two candidates reached new heights in the 10 weeks after the March 5 primary election, in which Feuer finished on top but fell short of the 50 percent needed to win the seat outright.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Despite a close race for Los Angeles mayor and hotly contested battles for City Council, city attorney and city controller, only 22.7 percent of registered voters returned vote-by-mail ballots as of today, with polls across the city opening tomorrow.
Election officials issued 739,117 vote-by-mail ballots and 167,657 have been returned so far, Kimberly Briggs of the City Clerk’s office said.