Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey wins support of Association of Deputy District Attorneys
The rank and file members of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office 'overwhelmingly' voted to support their Chief Deputy, Jackie Lacey as the next District Attorney for Los Angeles County.
The breaking news was released by Lacey's campaign in a mid-morning email in which Lacey was quoted as saying 'I am extremely grateful and proud to have the support of my colleagues in the District Attorney's Office,' Lacey said. 'They, more than any other group, understand the value that my broad range of courtroom and leadership experience will bring to the job. They also know my reputation as a proven leader and a prosecutor with integrity. I look forward to continuing a positive relationship with their association. The rank-and-file deputies are my heroes and I want nothing but the best for them.'
Lacey received 127 votes, with Jackson garnering just 73. 11 votes were 'undecided' and 6 were invalid as they were unsigned. Even if the undecided and invalid votes were to be awarded to Jackson, Lacey still has an impressive lead.
Lacey's campaign has increasingly been gaining momentum as the election draws closer, earlier this week Lacey also announced that she had been endorsed by Magic Johnson.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson endorses Jackie Lacey for D.A.
"Jackie Lacey is, by far, the best candidate for Los Angeles County District Attorney," Johnson said. "She has a proven record of working with the community to implement groundbreaking programs that offer nonviolent offenders, including veterans, a one-time opportunity to turn their lives around. We need someone like Jackie who is innovative and dedicated to improving public safety for us all."
Lacey leads fundraising in run-up to election
Lacey also appears to be leading Jackson in fundraising. The Lacey campaign filed a statement for the period October 1 through 20, showing she had raised almost $168,000 in that short period. No figures were available for the Jackson campaign, however, sources indicate that Lacey out-raised Jackson by '$20k to $30k' in the same period.
Overall, Lacey has raised over $1.2M for her campaign, with Jackson declaring almost $755k as of September 30, 2012, and perhaps another $140k from the October 1 through 20 period, leaving him with almost $900k.