Marin County District Attorney
“Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.”
In the June 5 primary election we will choose among three candidates to lead the Marin County District Attorney’s Office, replacing Ed Berberian (retiring) and taking charge of a staff of approximately 85, 25 of those being assistant or deputy D.A.s, our frontline prosecutors. Many think this is the most important race on that ballot. Why? Because D.A.s wield a huge amount influence in our justice system, deciding whom to prosecute or not, what charges to file, what penalties to seek (including a death penalty), whether to enter into plea bargains, or whether to ask for diversionary alternatives, such as restorative justice court or drug rehabilitation programs. This four-year position is rarely contested. In fact, this race is the first competitive one in Marin for 20 years! It is well worth your study.
The candidates are AJ Brady (career Marin Deputy D.A. and longtime local school board member), Lori Frugoli (also a longtime Marin Deputy D.A. and former beat-walking law enforcement officer) and Anna Pletcher (former Federal Prosecutor in San Francisco and law professor at U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law). These are all well-respected and highly experienced candidates. How is a voter to decide?
Your LWV in partnership with the Marin Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California jointly presented a forum (April 13) with the candidates answering questions submitted to us by the public.
Of course, much background information is available on each candidate’s campaign website, and other local organizations will be presenting their own candidate forums soon. Do, please, take some time to look into this race that is so important for the future of criminal and social justice in Marin County.