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Woman of Jamaican descent Elected as San Francisco DA

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(BLACK PR WIRE) (November 15, 2007) SAN FRANCISCO, CA—District Attorney Kamala D. Harris was resoundingly voted into a second term, garnering over 98% of the vote in a nearly unprecedented uncontested race for the District Attorney of San Francisco.

Four years ago, Harris made history by becoming first woman District Attorney in San Francisco history and the first African American woman District Attorney in California history. She ran unopposed for a second term this November, the first time for a DA’s race in San Francisco since 1991.

Harris has received numerous accolades over her first term for bringing professionalism and innovation to the District Attorney’s office, prosecuting violent crime, and her “smart on crime” approach to prosecution.

While noting that San Francisco’s overall conviction rate is “the highest in a decade,” Harris said that being District Attorney was about “more than being either tough or soft on crime. It’s about being smart by attacking the root causes of crime.”

“My core commitment is simple,” said Harris. “As a career prosecutor raised in the civil rights movement, I believe that a District Attorney must both protect public safety and be an advocate for social justice.”

Since taking office in 2003, Harris has increased the overall felony conviction rate from 52% in 2003 to 67% in 2006. She has doubled the conviction rate in felony gun trials, put 216 violent gang members behind bars, and sentenced 40% more serious and violent felons to state prison than the office did in 2003.

Harris received endorsements from a broad coalition of individuals and organizations representing all aspects of the state and city, including U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, State Senator Leland Yee, Assemblyman Mark Leno, Mayor Gavin Newsom and nine of San Francisco’s eleven Supervisors. Her endorsers also include the San Francisco Democratic Party, the San Francisco Labor Council, and the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.

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