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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 42

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Efrain Matthew Aceves

Child Molestation Prosecutor
1,646,612 votes (60.59%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting our children and community
  • Treating everyone fairly, with dignity and respect
  • Apply the law equitably by treating everyone individually and without prejudice



Profession:Child Molestation Prosecutor
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney (1997–current)
School Board President, Whittier City School District Board of Education — Elected position (2005–current)
Governing Board Member, PIH Health — Elected position (2007–current)


UCLA School of Law Juris Doctorate, Law (1997)
UCLA Bachelor of Arts, Sociology / Business Adminsitration Emphasis (1992)

Community Activities

President, Mexican American Bar Association (2001–2014)
Legal Volunteer, First AME Church (2005–2006)



  • Extensive Courtroom Experience and Lead Prosecutor in Hundreds of Criminal Cases

  • Assigned to Prosecute the Worst Child Molesters

  • Endorsed by Jackie Lacey, Steve Cooley and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

  • UCLA School of Law Graduate

  • Bar Association President & Attorney Mentor

Mr. Aceves began his legal career at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1997. During his time as a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Aceves has garnered a stellar reputation amongst his peers, Superior Court Judges and opposing counsel. He is known for his intellect, thoroughness, fairness, and relentless pursuit of justice. He has tried over 100 jury trials ranging from Special Circumstances Murder, Gang Related Murder, Mayhem, Rape, Child Molestation, Carjacking, and Kidnapping.

Mr. Aceves has devoted the majority of his career as a prosecutor to fighting against crimes perpetrated against women and children. He is currently assigned to the Victim Impact Program (“VIP”), where he primarily handles the most serious of Domestic Violence and Child Molestation Cases.

Mr. Aceves has also been lecturing and instructing judges and lawyers regarding the American system of justice and how to become more effective in the courtroom. He has used his vast trial experience to teach trial advocacy skills to prosecutors, attorneys, and law students.

Mr. Aceves currently serves as the President of the Whittier City School District Board of Education.  During his ten-year service on the board of education, he has helped transform the district by focusing on accountability and insisting on transparency.  Last year, the Whittier City School District received an award for being one of the most improved districts in the State of California.

Mr. Aceves also serves on the PIH Health System Board of Directors, an important regional health organization in Los Angeles County that serves the cities of Whittier, Norwalk, Santa Fe Spring, Pico Rivera, Montebello, Hacienda Heights, and La Mirada. In this capacity, Mr. Aceves ensures patients treated at the organization’s two hospitals and several clinics are provided with the highest quality medical care.


Mr. Aceves was the first Deputy District Attorney elected to serve as President of the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County in 2007. During his ten-year tenure on the board, he was instrumental in establishing the association’s first international chapter and an annual legal fair that provides free legal advice to residents of Los Angeles County.  


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles Times
  • LA County Bar- Rated "Well Qualified"
  • Supervisor Knabe

Organizations (6)

  • Democratic Clubs
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Teachers
  • Association of Deputy District Attorneys
  • Over 50 Judges

Elected Officials (4)

  • District Attorney Jackie Lacey
  • Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon
  • Over 50 Judges
  • Mayors Joe Vinatieri (Whittier), Alex Saab (Downey), and Andre Quintero (El Monte)

Individuals (2)

  • District Attorney Steve Cooley
  • Senator Isadore Hall

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO (1)

Do you favor alternative, non-jail sentences for non-violent offenders and what options should be available?
Answer from Efrain Matthew Aceves:

I believe that non-violent offenders and first time offenders should have the opportunity to pay their debt to society without being saddled lifetime consequences that makes it difficult for them to become productive members of society.  Our prisons should be a place for violent offenders.  We cannot afford to continue to pay the high price of prison incarceration for low level offenders.  Programs that address the needs of our veterans, the mentally ill and the youth need to be available throughout the entire county.  Specifically, a program entitled Court to College Program available to young non-violent offenders available at the Norwalk Courthouse where I am assigned, is the type of program that needs to be emulated and made widely available 


Videos (1)

— October 26, 2016 Charter Cable

An interview focusing on Efrain Aceves' background and qualifications to run for superior court judge.

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