When I first entered the race for Attorney General over two years ago, I was proud to run on a platform of fighting for victims’ rights and strengthening public safety. After all, seeking justice on behalf of victims is something I have carried out for decades, both as a prosecutor in the courtroom and as District Attorney.
Last year, I served as co-chair of the Proposition 66 campaign to fix the death penalty in California. As a result of our statewide success and working alongside my fellow colleagues in the law and justice community, I came to realize that the true gatekeepers of public safety were, in fact, district attorneys.
During this same time period, I was also elected president of the National District Attorneys Association. Holding this position afforded me the opportunity to interact and collaborate with district attorneys from all across our great nation. Lessons were learned, and they have brought me to where I am today.
Simply put, I learned that as district attorneys we have the chance to ensure justice and truly affect positive change for victims and their families, and the public we serve.
While I have the highest respect for the position of Attorney General, I believe that I can better serve the public at the local level, while still continuing to champion legislation and public safety efforts at both the state and national levels.
Therefore, after serious consideration and conversations with my supporters and family I have decided to withdraw from the Attorney General race. I have been blessed to serve as San Bernardino County District Attorney for the last 15 years, and I hope to do so for another four years, which is why I am announcing my decision to run again in 2018.
There is more great work we can accomplish together, and my promise is to do so on the very ideals that guided me throughout my career as a prosecutor: seeking justice on behalf of victims and their families and fighting to make public safety a priority.