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LA district attorney's race getting crowded

Bobby Grace is among the people seeking to succeed L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley.
Bobby Grace is among the people seeking to succeed L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley.
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Career prosecutor Bobby Grace is the latest entry in next year's contest for the top prosecutor's job in Los Angeles County.

Bobby Grace has worked as an L.A. County prosecutor for more than two decades. He is the third African-American to enter the race for a job no black lawyer in L.A. has ever held. The other two are Danette Meyers and Jackie Lacey – also career prosecutors.

The current D.A. Steve Cooley supports Lacey – even though Cooley hasn’t officially said he won’t seek a fourth term. Cooley recently promoted Lacey to second-in-command in the office.

Cooley reportedly has bristled at L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s suggestion that he’ll run. Cooley was instrumental in helping him get elected at the city, and even helped him retire his campaign debt.

Trutanich won’t confirm that he is running, but reportedly he’s hired a consultant.

Former District Attorney Gil Garcetti has thrown his support to Meyers.

Career prosecutor Alan Jackson is also running and a host of others are considering whether to compete in a primary election set for February 25, 2012 – the same day as California's presidential primary.