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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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Contra Costa CountyCandidate for District Attorney

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Diana Becton

Appointed District Attorney
100,004 votes (50.67%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • As your District Attorney, my top priority is keeping our community safe and secure. By holding those accountable who harm our residents and our community, focusing on disrupting the school to prison pipeline, creating safe alternatives for low level
  • California is a national leader on environmental law, and as District Attorney it is my responsibility to protect our residents and enforce our state environmental laws. I also plan on taking a more proactive role by looking for ways we can partner w
  • Provide better outcomes for our youth by developing and supporting programs that keep our youth out of the justice system, by focusing on truancy, rehabilitation, diversion and restorative justice.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Contra Costa County District Attorney
Contra Costa County District Attorney, Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office — Appointed position (2017–current)
Superior Court Judge, State of California, Contra Costa County — Appointed position (1995–2017)

Education

Golden Gate University School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (1985)

Community Activities

Member, Vice President, President, Immediate Past President, National Association of Women Judges (2009–current)
Member, California District Attorney Association (2017–current)
Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association (2017–current)
Member & Chair, Stare Bar Council on Access & Fairness (2012–current)
Member, California Association of Black Lawyers (1990–current)

Biography

District Attorney Diana Becton has spent most of her professional career as a judge, lawyer, and manager.  On September 17, 2017, she was sworn in as the 25th District Attorney for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.  District Attorney Becton served for 22 years as a judge in Contra Costa County, where she was elected as Presiding Judge.

Her top priority is keeping the streets of Contra Costa County safe from dangerous and violent criminals.  District Attorney Becton is committed to safeguarding our communities from crimes that threaten our health, well-being, and livelihood, protecting our seniors from financial abuse, and working on positive outcomes for our youth.

District Attorney Becton is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Women Judges, the nation’s leading voice for women in the judiciary.  She currently serves as the Chair of the State Bar Council on Access and Fairness.

A native of California she is a product of Oakland Public and a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law.  Most recently, District Attorney Becton earned a Masters of Theological Studies at Pacific School of Religion (2015).  

District Attorney Becton leads a prosecutorial office of approximately 200 lawyers, investigators, and staff.  She is the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Contra Costa District Attorney since the office was established in 1850.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • SEIU Local 1021
  • East Bay Women's Political Alliance
  • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County

Organizations (13)

  • Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 342
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 159
  • Lamorinda Democratic Club
  • Smart Justice California
  • Real Justice
  • Democracy for America
  • BWOPA Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter
  • Bricklayers, Tilesetters and Allied Craftworkers Local 3 Union
  • Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Contra Costa AFL - CIO Labor Council
  • San Ramon Valley Democratic Club
  • TriValley Democratic Club
  • California Nurses Association

Elected Officials (27)

  • Myrna de Vera - Councilmember, Hercules City Council
  • Lesa McIntosh - President of the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Board of Directors
  • Kevin Wilk - Councilmember, City of Walnut Creek
  • Federal Glover - Contra Costa County, Board of Supervisors, District 5
  • John Gioia - Contra Costa County, Board of Supervisors, District 1
  • Paul Fadelli - Councilmember, El Cerrito City Council
  • Gabriel Quinto - Mayor of the City of El Cerrito
  • Paul V. Morris - Vice Mayor of San Pablo
  • Genoveva Garcia Calloway - Mayor of San Pablo
  • Pete Longmire - Mayor of Pittsburg
  • Roland Esquivias - Councilmember, Hercules City Council
  • Cecilia Valdez - Councilmember, San Pablo City Council
  • Frank Mellon - East Bay Municipal Utility District, Board Member
  • Madeline Kronenberg - West County Unified School District, Board Member
  • John E. Marquez - Contra Costa Community College District, Ward 1, Board Member
  • Mister Phillips - West Contra Costa Board of Education, Board Member
  • Monica Wilson - Councilmember, Antioch City Council
  • Lori Ogorchock - Councilmember, Antioch City Council
  • Tony Tiscareno - Councilmember, Antioch City Council
  • Lamar Thorpe - Antioch City Mayor Pro Tem
  • Tom Butt - Mayor of City of Richmond
  • Tom Torlakson - California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Fiona Ma - Chair of California State Board of Equalization, District 2
  • Nancy Skinner - California State Senator, District 9
  • Eric Swalwell - U.S. Representative, CA District 15
  • Mark DeSaulnier - U.S. Representative, CA District 11
  • Mike Thompson - U.S. Representative, CA District 5

Individuals (8)

  • Eleni Kounalakis - Former United States Ambassador to Hungary (2010-2013)
  • Janeith Glenn-Davis - Former Bart Deputy Chief
  • Irma Anderson - Former Mayor of Richmond CA (2001-2006)
  • Tom Powers - Former Member of Contra Costa Board of Supervisors
  • Lynn Mackey - Sr. Director of Educational Services for the Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • Ronald L. Davis - Former Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the U.S. Department of Justic
  • Loni Hancock - Former California State Senator, District 9 (2008-2016)
  • Bill Dodd - California State Senator, District 3

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am the only woman in my race, and the only person of color. In the 167 year history of the office, I am the first woman and first African American to hold the position of District Attorney. Since my appointment, I promoted the first woman in the history of the office as my Chief Assistant District Attorney and hired the first woman and person of color as Assistant District Attorney. I am committed to doing things differently in my office.

Electing progressive prosecutors is essential to ensuring our criminal justice system works for everyone. Fighting for the rights of victims, protecting our community, dismantling the school to prison pipeline, and implementing programs that divert lowlevel non-violent individuals away from the criminal justice system are all different elements of the system that must work together to ensure our communities are safe.

My unique background and experience affords me the opportunity to look at the internal and external components of the office with a fresh perspective. The district attorney's office and community deserve change, not more of the same.

 

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