|Flanked by his former boss, Retired Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley,|
Deputy DA Dayan Mathai launched his campaign to be Judge of the Superior Court
Mathai, in his 15th year at the DA's Office, is currently assigned to the Organized Crime Division after a successful stint in the Hardcore Gang Division. With a trial record of more than 30 murder cases, Mathai feels he is ready to make the step to the bench. He is not alone is holding that belief. Also joining Mathai at his kickoff event were District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Kanabe, both of whom have endorsed his candidacy.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Mathai said "I want to be a judge because I’ve had the opportunity to get some great trial experience," he said. Over his years as a prosecutor, he added, he "got to see how important the role of a judge is in seeing that everybody gets a fair trial."
He is also motivated, he said, by the experience of his parents, immigrants from India, who "didn’t have the rights and privileges" that are sometimes taken for granted in this country.
At present it is unknown how many open seats will be up for grabs in the June 2014 primary. Thus far three other prosecutors have announced their intention to be on the ballot; Alison Matsumoto Estrada, Stacy Okun-Wiese, and Donna Hollingsworth Armstrong. Also rumored to be in the running is four-time loser Douglas Weitzman, a real estate broker and civil lawyer, who was previously rated by the LA County Bar Association as "Not Qualified."
Mathai's website is MathaiForJudge.com and you can 'like' him on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/DayanMathaiforJudge.