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Jackie Lacey defeats Alan Jackson to become LA's first female District Attorney

Chief Deputy DA Jackie Lacey (R) and Deputy DA Alan Jackson.
Chief Deputy DA Jackie Lacey (R) and Deputy DA Alan Jackson.
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Long time prosecutor Jackie Lacey became Los Angeles County's first female and first African American district attorney when she defeated Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson.

Early Wednesday morning Jackson conceded in a statement first published by the Los Angeles Times.

"Ms. Lacey ran a dignified campaign and has earned our respect,'' Jackson said in the statement. "While she and I have serious disagreements, we share a commitment to making Los Angeles County a safer place to live. I look forward to working with Jackie and her administration to take on the dangerous criminals who threaten our community, fight for the vulnerable and for victims of crime, and work to keep children out of crime in the first place."

Lacey, 55, an L.A. native, is a 26-year veteran of the L.A. County District Attorney's Office who rose up through the ranks to reach the top spot.  She will oversee about 1,000 attorneys, 300 peace officers and 800 support staff members.

During the campaign she received endorsements from the likes of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, and the outgoing Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley who is retiring after three terms.