League of Ladies Voters Hosts DA Candidate Discussion board

The League of Ladies Voters of North Orange County, a nonpartisan political group that encourages voter participation, carried out a candidate discussion board for the Orange County District Legal professional candidates on Might 10. This discussion board occurred totally over Zoom, was live-streamed on Fb, and has been uploaded to LWVNOC’s YouTube channel.

Solely three of the 4 candidates participated within the discussion board; the incumbent Todd Spitzer was absent. Spitzer despatched opening remarks which had been learn out by the discussion board moderator. There won’t be any extra candidate boards for the DA race. Elections are on June 7. 

When you missed the discussion board, here’s a abstract of the place the candidates stand on among the main points:

Options to Implicit Bias

Peter Hardin: We want range within the DA workplace and regulation enforcement so that they signify the county we dwell in. One other resolution is charging instances the place the prosecutors have no idea what the racial breakdown is of the folks concerned.

Bryan Chehock: One of the best ways to fight discrimination is to diversify the DA’s workplace and the complete justice system.

Michael Jacobs: Combating implicit bias is a piece in progress. Management is essential and the applying of the regulation needs to be honest so as to take care of bias.

Neighborhood-Primarily based Psychological Well being Remedy in Place of Incarceration

All candidates in attendance agreed that diversion applications and various courts are efficient and that extra applications are wanted to assist those that are mentally unwell as an alternative of incarcerating them.

CA Supreme Court docket Ruling Eliminating Money Bail for These Who Can’t Afford it

Hardin: Helps the court docket ruling.

Chehock: Helps, however with a qualification. He thinks that those that want to remain in jail needs to be evaluated primarily based on the hazard of flight or hurting others. Cash shouldn’t be a consider deciding bail.

Jacobs: Doesn’t agree with the ruling.

Dying Penalty

Hardin: Shouldn’t be pursued and is wildly costly, as an alternative life with out parole is a greater choice for the worst offenders.

Chehock: Largely symbolic in CA however needs to be not often appropriated with full help from the household of the victims.

Jacobs: Dying penalty nonetheless has a spot within the authorized system and needs to be utilized very rigorously.

Homelessness Disaster

Hardin: The DA workplace performs an enormous function within the homelessness disaster to assist homeless folks transition again into society as a public security matter.

Chehock: Homelessness issues don’t reside with the DA workplace or the justice system. DA’s workplace must take care of legal guidelines to not worsen the issue.

Jacobs: There’s a limitation on what the DA workplace can do on this matter. The workplace can assist with matching homeless individuals who enter the prison system to applications that greatest assist them.

Opinions on Prop 57-The Public Security & Rehabilitation Act (2016): 

Hardin: Helps Prop 57.

Chehock: Helps Prop 57.

Jacobs: Questions the applying as a result of it takes away the DA’s discretion.

Marketing campaign Finance

As of Might 13, Todd Spitzer has raised $424,525, largely from people and companies. Some notable contributors embody: Harvey Sparber Bailbonds ($4400), Jason E. Meyerson Bail Bond Professionals ($2,000), and School Republicans of CA ($2,000). Key endorsements embody: Affiliation of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, Orange County Skilled Firefighters Affiliation, Affiliation of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys, Westminster Police Officers’ Affiliation, Huntington Seashore Police Officers’ Affiliation, The Republican Occasion of Orange County, The Lincoln Membership of Orange County, Santa Ana Police Officers’ Affiliation.

As of Might 13, Pete Hardin has raised 173,702, largely from people. Some notable contributors embody: Alexander Busansky of Influence Justice ($2,000), Democratic Membership of West Orange County ($500), Laguna Seashore Democratic Membership ($1,500), Deliberate Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties’ Neighborhood Motion Fund PAC ($2,200), and Good Justice California Motion Fund ($2,200). Endorsements embody Democratic Occasion of Orange County, Mothers Demand Motion/Gun Sense, VoteVets, Deliberate Parenthood of San Bernadino and Orange Counties, Ladies for American Values and Ethics, Service Workers Worldwide Union/United Healthcare Staff West.

As of Might 13, Michael Jacobs has raised $16,720 (largely from people), together with an $11,899 mortgage to himself. His website doesn’t record any endorsements.

Bryan Chehock has not reported any marketing campaign contributions or endorsements.


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