AirTalk for May 29, 2012

Six candidates vie to replace Cooley in LA County District Attorney race

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Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley is retiring after holding the seat for more than a decade. The six candidates seeking the top job are Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and Deputy District Attorneys John Breault, Bobby Grace, Alan Jackson and Danette Myers.

All are experienced prosecutors with a shot at winning the nonpartisan race. Three are African American –- Grace, Lacey and Meyers –- and two are women. Los Angeles County has never before had a black or female district attorney, so history could be made with this election.

The position is arguably the most powerful job in L.A. County’s criminal justice system, as it oversees the prosecution of 60,000 felons annually and can be a steppingstone to higher office. County voters will cast their votes on June 5.

To win outright, a candidate must get more than 50-percent of the vote. If that doesn’t happen, the top vote-getters will meet in a November runoff. Tonight, Larry will moderate a candidates’ debate in KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum. In advance of that, he sits down with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze to handicap the race and ask listeners what they’d like to know about the candidates.

Complete list of candidates:
John L. Breault III, Deputy District Attorney

Bobby Grace, Deputy District Attorney

Alan Jackson, Gang Homicide Prosecutor

Jackie Lacey, Chief Deputy District Attorney

Danette Meyers, Senior Deputy District Attorney

Guest:

Frank Stoltze, KPCC reporter


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