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Former LA mayor backs Alan Jackson for district attorney

Alan Jackson

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Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson's campaign for district attorney was endorsed today by former Mayor Richard Riordan.

A deputy district attorney known for prosecuting the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector was endorsed today by former Mayor Richard Riordan in his bid to be the next district attorney.

It is a high-profile endorsement for Republican Alan Jackson. In the primary, Riordan threw his support behind Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. He finished third in the June primary. Jackson will face Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey in November’s nonpartisan runoff.

“Public safety has always been my top priority both as mayor of Los Angeles and as a private citizen,” Riordan said. “It is essential that our next district attorney be a top-notch courtroom prosecutor.”

District Attorney Steve Cooley has served since 2000. He declined to run for a fourth term. 


Jackie Lacey picks up Democratic support in race for district attorney

Jackie Lacey

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Jackie Lacey picked up more endorsements today in her campaign to be Los Angeles County's next district attorney.

Three more Democratic leaders today endorsed Jackie Lacey’s campaign to be the next district attorney for Los Angeles County.

Lacey is in the non-partisan November runoff against Republican Alan Jackson. The winner will succeed District Attorney Steve Cooley, who has held the office since 2000.

The latest endorsements are from state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel, herself a candidate for mayor.

“Jackie Lacey is a hope and inspiration for all our communities,” Ridley-Thomas said in a statement. “She rose from a hard-working family in the Crenshaw District to become second-in-command of the nation’s largest local prosecutorial office. She is a leader of extraordinary talent and dedication.”

Lacey is also backed by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.


Carmen Trutanich's ad in district attorney's race is a bit of deja vu

Carmen Trutanich Campaign Ad

Carmen Trutanich Campaign

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's television spot for his campaign for district attorney hit the airwaves today.

Just hours after another candidate for district attorney sent reporters a copy of his television commercial, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich released his TV spot – and the two political ads are eerily similar.

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson released a copy of his television spot this morning, although the ad will not run on broadcast stations until next week. Trutanich’s commercial hit broadcast and cable stations this morning.

In his ad, Trutanich highlights his experience as an attorney and gang prosecutor. He also talks about the importance of improving DNA testing and supporting programs for youths. Jackson's spot follows the same storyline.

So, just how similar are the two commercials? Both campaign spots:

  • Start with the men sitting in large leather chairs behind desks
  • Feature the candidates walking behind police tape with two officers
  • Highlight the candidates' experiences prosecuting gang members
  • Show the candidates in laboratories talking about the importance of using technology to solve crimes
  • Advocate for crime prevention programs aimed at youths
  • Show kids playing basketball outside


Prosecutor releases his first TV ad in district attorney's race

The prosecutor who led the murder case against music producer Phil Spector today released his first television commercial in the race to be Los Angeles County’s next district attorney. 

The 30-second spot from Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson focuses on his work prosecuting gang members and incorporating new technologies into the office. 

Jackson is known for prosecuting both Spector and the man behind the killings of race car driver Mickey Thompson and his wife. 

Also running to succeed District Attorney Steve Cooley are chief deputy district attorney Jackie Lacey, deputy district attorneys Danette Meyers, Bobby Grace and John Breault III, and L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. 

Last week, former Laker star Shaquille O’Neal endorsed Trutanich with a robo call to voters.