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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

Alameda CountyCandidate for District Attorney

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Nancy E. O'Malley

District Attorney
167,929 votes (57.43%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Expanding the rights of and resources for Victims of Crime; expanding holistic, comprehensive initatives to combat human trafficking; legislation to mandate testing of all sexual assault kits and opening a South County Family Justice Center
  • Criminal Justice Reform, leading bail and sentencing reform; creation of 9 collaborative courts to address root causes of criminal engagement & provide pathways for rehabilitation and successful futures balanced with addressing violent crime
  • Reducing Crime - Created the Justice Restoration Project to change the paradigm for young repeat offenders to reduce recidivism. Expand "Every Day Counts" to keep youth in school to graduation; expand DA Justice Academy to promote civic education



Profession:District Attorney of Alameda County
District Attorney of Alameda County, The County of Alameda, 821 square miles, 1.6 million population, 4th most racially diverse county in the United States — Elected position (2009–current)
Chief Assitant District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney's Office (1999–2009)
Adjuct Professor of Law, University of San Francisco, School of Law (1991–1991)


California State University (Hayward) East Bay; Golden Gate University School of Law 1983, 2012 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.); Doctorate of Laws (D.L.), Political Science; Law (current)

Community Activities

Member and Past President, California Women Lawyers (2003–current)
Board Member, California Judicial Council Criminal Law Advisory Board (2012–current)
Fellow and Advisor, American Law Institute (2014–current)
Board Member, California Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Board, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advisory Board (2006–current)
Board Member and Advisory Board Member, Alameda Boys and Girls Club (2008–2017)


DA O’Malley is a nationally recognized expert in issues involving violence against women, violence against persons with disabilities, and interpersonal violence including sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, stalking, and human exploitation and trafficking. She serves in an office with a national reputation for excellence dating back to former District Attorney and United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. DA O’Malley carries out this proud legacy as the first woman to serve as Alameda County’s elected District Attorney, and as a leader known throughout California and the country for her innovation and vision.

Since joining the office as an attorney in 1984, O’Malley rose through the ranks to become Chief Assistant District Attorney from 1999 until her appointment to District Attorney in 2009. She has a formidable record, having prosecuted hundreds of felony matters ranging from child sexual assault to domestic violence and murder. In her most recent jury trial, she obtained multiple felony convictions against defendant Jared Adams for an extensive crime spree that included attempted murder, robbery of a gas station and carjacking. During the robbery of the gas station, he shot and paralyzed a 10-year-old Oakland boy who was taking a piano lesson in a neighboring music school. Defendant Adams was sentenced to 70 years in prison sentence for these crimes.

DA O’Malley is a strong advocate for victims’ rights, and is committed to doing all she can to improve the painful experience for victims of crime in Alameda County. She has developed an innovative electronic notification system to alert victims of crime about their future court dates. Additionally, DA O’Malley created the Restitution Program, ensuring those convicted repay the victim for losses suffered as a result of the defendants' criminal conduct. This program serves as model for the State and consistently breaks national recovery records. In the decade 2007 - 2017, the DA's Restitution Unit obtained more than $140,000,000 in direct restitution orders for both victims and the State of California who have expended funds on behalf of crime victims.

One of DA O’Malley’s passion projects has been the creation of the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) in 2005. Legal, health, housing, psychological and other support services are available for victims under one roof at the ACFJC to further their safety, recovery and well-being. Over the past decade of operation, the center has provided thousands of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, elder abuse, and human exploitation and trafficking with a range of services, and has received numerous awards for excellence. The ACFJC was the second center to open in the United States and currently serves as a model for communities across the United States, and as the Northern California Regional Training Center for the California Family Justice Initiative.

DA O’Malley’s professional accomplishments include monumental contributions in the legislative arena with numerous bills written by DA O’Malley being signed into law. She has participated in drafting legislation that has included making courtrooms around the state accessible for victims with physical and intellectual disabilities, ensuring the sexual assault victims have rights in the criminal justice system and expanding the support available to victims of crime in California. In addition to successfully advocating for stronger legislative protections and increased rights for victims of crime, Ms. O’Malley is a steadfast advocate for advancing women in the workplace, for protecting vulnerable individuals who fall prey to criminals, and supporting child and youth empowerment, enhancement and engagement.

Within the office, she founded the HEAT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Unit in 2006 and has led the statewide charge in response to human trafficking. This has involved vigorously prosecuting traffickers (particularly those selling children for sex), targeting the purchasers, and changing perceptions about those trafficked – treating them not as criminals, but as victims.

In 2010, DA O’Malley launched the HEAT Watch Program which is a replicable, multi-disciplinary 5-pronged blueprint to unite prosecutors, police, service providers and communities in the fight against human trafficking. Our HEAT Watch program – the first of its kind in California and the first to operate within a public prosecution office in the United States – is a national model in wide use around the country. According to a 2012 report from the California Attorney General, the Alameda County DA’s Office has prosecuted over 46 percent of all human trafficking cases in California.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Kamala Harris - U.S. Senate
  • Dianne Feinstein - U.S. Senate
  • Eric Swalwell - U.S. Congress, 15th District

Organizations (38)

  • Sierra Club
  • Union City Police Officers Association
  • University of California Berkeley Police Officers Association
  • San Leandro Police Officers Association
  • Pleasanton Police Officers Association
  • Oakland Police Officers Association
  • Newark Police Officers Association
  • Livermore Police Officers Association
  • Hayward Firefighters Local 1909
  • Hayward Police Officers Association
  • Fremont Police Officers Association
  • Emeryville Police Officers Association
  • East Bay Regional Parks Police Officers Association
  • Berkeley Police Officers Association
  • BART Police Officers Association
  • Alameda County Firefighters Local 55
  • Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Association
  • Alameda Firefighters Local 689
  • Alameda Police Officers Association
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5
  • Sprinkler Fitter Local 483
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 342
  • Operating Engineers Local 3
  • Northern California Carpenters Regional Council 713
  • Laborers, Local 304
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 595
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Asian Pacific American Democratic Club
  • Alameda County Democratic Lawyers
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Hayward Area Democratic Club
  • Tri-Valley Democratic Club
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • Berkeley Democratic Club
  • Alameda County Labor Council
  • Alameda County Democratic Central Committee

Elected Officials (57)

  • Jimmy Panetta - U.S. Congress, 20th District
  • Dr. Marshall Mitzman, Chabot-Las Positas Community College Trustee
  • Isobel Dvorsky, Chabot-Las Positas Community College Trustee
  • Nancy Thomas, Board Member, Newark Unified School District
  • Pete Ballew, Council Member, City of San Leandro
  • Deborah Cox, Council Member, City of San Leandro
  • Teddy Gray King, Vice Mayor, City of Piedmont
  • Larry Reid, District 7 Councilmember, City of Oakland
  • Noel Gallo, District 5 Councilmember, City of Oakland
  • Dan Kalb, District 1 Councilmember, City of Oakland
  • Annie Campbell Washington, District 4 Councilmember, City of Oakland
  • Abel Guillen, District 2 Councilmember, City of Oakland
  • Sara Lamnin, Councilmember, City of Hayward
  • Raj Salwan, Councilmember, City of Fremont
  • Dianne Martinez, Councilmember, City of Emeryville
  • Melissa Hernandez, Councilmember, City of Dublin
  • Abe Gupta, Councilmember, City of Dublin
  • Arun Goel, Councilmember, City of Dublin
  • Don Biddle, Vice-Mayor, City of Dublin (recently deceased)
  • Susan Wengraf, Councilmember, City of Berkeley
  • Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Council Member, City of Alameda
  • Frank Matarrese, Council Member, City of Alameda
  • Malia Vela, Vice Mayor, City of Alameda
  • Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Mayor, City of Union City
  • Pauline Cutter, Mayor, City of San Leandro
  • Jerry Thorne, Mayor, City of Pleasanton
  • Robert McBain, Mayor, City of Piedmont
  • Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland
  • Alan Nagy, Mayor, City of Newark
  • John Marchand, Mayor, City of Livermore
  • Lily Mei, Mayor, City of Fremont
  • David Haubert, Mayor, City of Dublin
  • Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, City of Berkeley
  • Trish Spencer, Mayor, City of Alameda
  • Peggy McQuaid, Mayor, City of Albany
  • Elizabeth Echols, Director of Ratepayer Advocates, PUC
  • Ann-Marie Hogan, Berkeley City Auditor
  • John McPartland, District 5 BART Board of Director
  • H.E. Christian Peeples, Director At-Large, AC Transit Board of Directors
  • Elsa Ortiz, President, AC Transit Board of Directors
  • Mailia Cohen, District 10 Supervisor, San Francisco City & County
  • Keith Carson, District 5 Supervisor, Alameda County
  • Nate Miley, District 4 Supervisor, Alameda County
  • Richard Valle, District 2 Supervisor, Alameda County
  • Scott Haggerty, District 1 Supervisor, Alameda County
  • Wilma Chan, District 3 Supervisor, President of the Board, Alameda County
  • Retired Federal Judge Thelton Henderson
  • Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember, 15th District
  • Bill Quirk, Assemblymember 20th District
  • Kansen Chu, Assemblymember 25th District
  • Scott Wiener, State Senator 11th District
  • Bob Wieckowski, State Senator 10th District
  • Nancy Skinner, State Senator, 9th District
  • Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Education
  • Fiona Ma, Director, California Board of Equalization
  • Betty Yee, California State Controller

Videos (1)

— May 1, 2018 Candidate's campaign

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris introduces District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley and discusses DA O'Malley's leadership, vision, innovation and experience as she receives the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her work combatting human trafficking.

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