We've identified 9 potential candidates, 3 of which are already known and the others, perhaps, are no surprise. In the first of a three part series, we now take a look at the nascent campaigns, and the likely candidates.
Jackie Lacey, Assistant District Attorney
|Rarely photographed, Assistant DA Jackie Lacey (right) is pictured here|
at the recent swearing-in of LA Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba (center).
Lacey, a native Los Angeleno and a Democrat, was widely accepted to have been the Board's choice given her impressive 25 year record as a carer prosecutor and one of Cooley's top administrators. Although that appointment would have made Lacey an incumbent and therefore a natural favorite for the 2012 election, she nevertheless remains the favorite for the very same reasons as made her most suited as the interim DA - she is the most qualified candidate.
Lacey has quietly and thoughtfully been planning her campaign for over a year, and will likely announce her candidacy early in 2011. Lacey has been in contact with a number of highly regarded campaign consultants, but has yet to finalize her choice.
Alan Jackson, Deputy District Attorney
|Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson|
collects the 2010 Prosecutor of the Year Award.
Jackson's ambition to run for DA was an open secret at the DA's Office and his boss, Steve Cooley has undoubtedly helped position Jackson as a candidate by nominating him for the 2010 Prosecutor of the Year award. Nevertheless, the pair have acknowledged their joint agreement that, should Cooley decide to run for an historic fourth term in 2012, Jackson will withdraw his candidacy and support Cooley.
Jackson swiftly announced a major endorsement from Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine, who also made it clear that he would otherwise back Cooley in a re-election bid. Nevertheless Zine extolled Jackson’s qualifications for the office.
“If you look at his career, he’s handled very difficult cases, he has a very good reputation, he’s very effective and very successful,” Zine told the Los Angeles Metropolitan News Enterprise.
Jackson is believed to have hired up and coming political strategist John Thomas to manage his campaign. Thomas has an enviable track record with Republican campaigns, having been a major factor in Cooley's AG campaign as well as that of recently elected City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. Jackson also gains kudos for his excellent campaign website, AlanJacksonForDA.com, created by Midnight Oil.
Danette Meyers, Deputy District Attorney
|Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers|
Like Jackson, Meyers has been a "Prosecutor of the Year" and, according to her press release, was also "the first female African American President of the LA County Bar Association."
Also, like Jackson, Meyers is no stranger to high profile cases having personally ensured that Hollywood's favorite bad girl, Lidsay Lohan, was put behind bars for 13 days.
It is not known whether Meyers is working with any particular campaign strategist, and her website, http://www.danetteforda.com/ appears to be more of a placeholder than anything more serious.
So here are the first three of the nine candidates for the 2012 Los Angeles District Attorney race that we're focusing in on. The 2012 Primary Election will be on February 25, 2012, much earlier than in the past when it took place in June. The reason for the date change is, supposedly, to give California a bigger say in the Presidential election.
In our subsequent parts we will take a look at the other candidates:
Mario Trujillo, Deputy District Attorney
Mike Feuer, California Assemblyman
Steve Ipsen, Deputy District Attorney
Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles City Attorney
Rocky Delgadillo, former Los Angeles City Attorney
Steve Cooley, District Attorney of Los Angeles County
Yes, there are more, Deputy District Attorneys Robert "Bobby" Grace and David Berger have been mentioned as potential candidates, as well as former Councilmember Jack Weiss, to name but a few, however, for the present were staying focused on those most likely to run.