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June 5, 2018 — Elecciones Primarias de California

Condado de El DoradoCandidato para Fiscal de Distrito

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Trish Kelliher

21,662 votos (43.68%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Improve public safety by collaborative and intelligence driven investigation and prosecution
  • Domestic Violence Response Teams and Domestic Violence Court
  • Restore services to South Lake Tahoe



Profesión:Deputy District Attorney
Deputy District Attorney, El Dorado County (1997–current)
Deputy District Attorney, Ventura County (1986–1997)
Associate Attorney, Law Office of Julius Dix (1982–1986)
Attorney, Self (1980–1982)
Law Clerk, Krinsky and Idler (1978–1979)


University of San Diego School of Law Juris Doctorate, Law (1979)
San Diego State University Bachelor of Arts, Social Science (Tri-major of Economics, Political Science and Sociology) (1976)

Actividades comunitarias

Member, Women's Fund El Dorado (2018–current)
Volunteer Attorney Mentor, Teen Court (1997–current)
Officer, El Dorado County Criminal Attorneys Association (2003–current)
Chair, El Dorado County Cold Case Task Force (2008–2017)
Volunteer, Fire Safe Council (2011–2013)


Raised in the great state of Rhode Island, I came to California when I was 19 years old.  It was the second great adventure of my life.  The first was living in Turkey as a foreign exchange student when I was 17.  That experience truly changed my life in that living in a culture so very different than American culture, opened my eyes to the fact that no matter how different we might appear, we, human beings, are really quite the same.  It also reinforced my commitment to women's rights.  Being female in Turkey, at least at that time, meant that you had many limitations put upon you.  Still, living in Turkey gave me great self-confidence, which is probably why I moved to San Diego, California by myself two years later.

I lived in San Diego for several years, in the course of which, I worked many different jobs as I put myself through college, and then law school.  Even though I was working and going to school, I was active in organizations. In college, I helped form a Women's group and helped organize many women's rights events.  While in law school, I founded a theatre group and was an active member for two years.  I also was an organizer of a Women and Law conference in my third year of law school. After graduating law school, I moved to South Lake Tahoe.  There I worked in a law firm until I passed the bar exam, at which time, I opened my own practice.  Within a few years, I moved to Los Angeles, where I worked for a civil law firm doing business litigation.  I did many civil court trials and even one civil jury trial!  

I have always been involved in community service.  While living in Los Angeles, I was involved with various projects and was a volunteer with the Los Angles Free Clinic for several years.  It was through my volunteer work that I met my husband of 32 years, Doug. He has worked in construction for most of his life and is currently a Project Manager/Inspector for Sacramento County.

In 1986, I went to work for the Ventura County District Attorney and spent eleven years as a Deputy DA and also Supervising DA, overseeing at various times,  the Juvenile unit, Felony unit and Family Protection Unit (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault) 

Eventually both my husband and I yearned to get out of Southern California and back to an area where there was a change of seasons and fewer people.  We had both independently visited El Dorado County prior to meeting and share a love for the County with its stunning hills, rivers, and wineries!  While living in So Cal, we often came here to visit and camp.  In 1997, we realized our dream of moving to Placerville and feel blessed to be in this beautiful area.



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Funcionarios electos (1)

  • Suzanna George, Rescue Union School Board

Individuos (2)

  • Paul Moschini, Retired Law Enforcement, CDAIA Investigator of the Year 2014
  • Christopher Campion, Retired, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

The office of District Attorney is a non-partisan office, as it should be.  I believe that politics has no place in the office of the District Attorney.  The DA should be completely objective and non-biased, guided by the tenats of the Constitution which we are sworn to uphold.  

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My vision for a Safer Community


This paper will identify the ideas that I think would improve public safety in our community and how we can implement them.

For a community to be safe requires the engagement of all citizens - not just those employed to protect us.  We need civilians and law enforcement to work together.  Here is what needs to be done:

Educate citizens about crime - Through  media and town halls, we can inform the community about the types of crimes that are most prevalent and in turn, learn what is of concern to the citizens.

Engage citizens in crime prevention - both for themselves and others.  -- Again, through media and town halls, we can share techniques for protecting oneself from falling pray to some of the more common types of crime.  In addition, citizens should be encouraged to look out for one another - especially the most vulnerable among us - children and elders.  By being aware of what to look for and how to respond appropriately, we can make a difference.  Many local businesses are diligent in looking out for their customers but we can do even more to expand awareness of crimes such as elder abuse and identity theft.

Collaborate with law enforcement to insure investigations are thorough. - Peace officer arrest people based on probable cause that the person committed a crime.  Prosecutors file charges when they believe that sufficient  evidence exists to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person committed a crime.  The difference between probable cause and beyond a reasonable doubt is investigation.  Through training and communication, the DA can assist law enforcement improve investigations and insure that when cases are received for review, they are complete and everything necessary has been done.  In addition, better methods of communication between offices must be established to insure not only that investigations are complete, but that they are timely.  We have the technology, we just need to use it.

Collaborate with criminal justice partners to develop new strategies for dealing with crime and the changes in the criminal justice system. - It is critical that all involved criminal justice partners work together to solve problems and insure public safety.  With respect to crime solving, the DA should work with law enforcement to develop new strategies for combatting crime.  Crime analysis and intelligence data are very helpful in identifying problem areas and offenders.  These techniques can be useful in both preventing crime and solving crime. 

We must also develop new strategies for dealing with the changes in the criminal justice system, specifically, re-alignment and early release programs.  What these changes have meant, is that many people who previously would go to prison and then be under state parole supervision are now housed lin our local jail and supervised by our probation department.  While probation does a very good job of supervison, they have a lot to do.  The DA should be involved with probation (and law enforcement) to find new and better ways to deal with the influx of felons into our community.  This means expoloring types of supervision and degrees thereof, as well as the rehabilitaition programs being utilized.  In addition we need to examine what types of risk assessment tools are being employed and evaluate their efficacy.

Address issues of juvenile crime and offenders.  This is an area where we have a chance to make a real difference - inside and outsidtrainede the courtroom.  Inside the courtroom, we must have experienced prosecutors who are trained in juvenile law.  We need to have consistency which means a regularly assigned DDA who is familiar with juveniles and their cases.   Outside the courtroom - I would institute a Teen Advisory Board.  This Board would be made up of high school students, chosen after application, who meet regularly with DA staff to discuss their perception of teen crime and what is problematic for them.  In speaking with teens, they would welcome this opportunity to have a voice on issues which greatly affect them and their safety.

In addition, we must make an effort to prevent juveniles from starting down the criminal path.  More attention should be given to truancy and should work more closely with the School Attendance Review Board to insure that we are  doing everything possible to get truant children back in the classroom.

Finally, as prosecutors, we insure public safety by holding people accoutable for their wrongdoing.  Our prosecutions must be fair and ethical.  Our goal is justice, not a conviction.   It begins with the filing of charges - and this should be done by an experienced prosecutor who knows, through trial experience what it takes to prove a case.  As much as possible, felonies and serious misdemeanors should be vertically handled, i.e. one prosecutor handling the case  from beginning to end.  In all cases, deputy DAs must have sufficient training and tools to do their jobs.


Why I am Running for DA


This paper describes the reasons I have chosen to run for the position of District Attorney and will bring to the job.

The District Attorney is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of our county.  We need a true Leader in that position.  A person of integrity, who instills trust and confidence.  A person who motivates and inspires  while being a model for the qualities she seeks to instill.   A person with vision and a plan.  What can we do better and how do we get there?  I am that Leader. 

 As prosecutors, our job is to do justice.  It is an awesome responsibility. We must always be mindful that our work is about people not cases.  Every act we do as prosecutors affects many others.  In the words of Supreme Court Justice and lead prosecutor of the Nuremburg  trials,  Robert Jackson, “The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty and reputation than any other person in America.”

 My motivation for becoming a prosecutor was to help people.  I saw the pain that victims of crime, particularly victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, suffered – not only at the hands of perpetrators, but often in the criminal justice system itself.  I also saw that not all people were treated equally under the law.  None of this was right and I was determined to do what I could to right these wrongs.  I realized that as a prosecutor you have the power to do real justice – for victims and for the accused.  For me, it meant dedicating myself to being a fierce advocate for victims, while at the same time ensuring that anyone accused was treated fairly and his/her rights were respected and enforced.

 For the past twenty years, I have dedicated myself to ensuring the safety of my community and seeking justice for the citizens of El Dorado County –whether it was in dealing with homeowners whose peace was disrupted by trespassers or families whose loved ones were taken from them in the worst way possible – murdered but hidden, with their remains never found.   This has been my passion.  I am fortunate to be able to do the work that I truly love.  Every day I try to do a better job than the day before.  Now, I want to take that commitment further.  As an office, I know we can do more and under my leadership, we will.

 Our District Attorney should be engaged with both the office and the community.  My vision is to help create a pro-active community, where we don’t wait for disaster to strike to make changes, but where we anticipate issues and deal with them early on.  

 The California criminal justice system is in a state of major transition.  Realignment has shifted responsibility for felons from the state to the counties.  There is a new emphasis on rehabilitation as opposed to punishment.  We need new strategies and  engagement with criminal justice partners to ensure that these new approaches do not jeopardize public safety. 

 We need citizens to be informed and engaged.  Community input is crucial to successful crime-fighting strategies.  

 There is much work to be done in many areas, for example:

  * Elder Abuse – a highly undetected, under-reported and under-investigated crime.  We owe it to our seniors to be more proactive by insuring that everyone in the community is          paying attention and looking out for our treasured elders.

(2)     *  Domestic Violence – the foundation of almost all of the violence we see in our culture.  We need to do more.  I will work with our law enforcement agencies to improve our              response,  investigations, and support for victims.  In addition, I will work to establish a Domestic Violence Court, which, experience shows,  reduces the likelihood of recidivism.

(3)     *  Identity Theft -  a crime with enormous repercussions for its victims and one which is growing as criminals become more sophisticated and adept at the use of technology.  More   proactive, intelligence driven investigation and prosecution would improve prosecution rates for these crimes.

(4)     * Marijuana – The recent changes in marijuana laws present several new challenges.  We must be vigilent in insuring growers and sellers operate within the law.  Driving under the    influence of marijuana must be prosecuted as vigorously as alcohol and other drugs.  Further, as District Attorney, I would  make it a priority to educate young people about the dangers of using marijuana at an age where the brain is still developing and can be adversely affected.

(5)     * Mental Health -  The criminal justice system has become inundated with people who have untreated mental health issues.   Locally, steps have been taken by both law enforcement   and the courts to halt the revolving door in which many have been caught.   We must continue to work together on new strategies and solutions to this difficult problem.

No   No matter what the crime, we must always be mindful of the effects those crimes have on victims.  We must do everything we can to not only ensure that victims’ rights are honored,  but that all victims are treated with respect and given the support that they need to become survivors.  More can be done to provide victims with the information and resources they need to overcome the adverse impacts of the crimes perpetrated upon them.   In addition, we must make recovery of victim restitution a priority  and do everything possible to insure perpetrators pay full restitution.

 As District Attorney, it will be a priority to ensure that everyone is treated the same, regardless of their zip code.  That also means providing services to all citizens of this county.  In recent years, staffing cuts to the Lake Tahoe Office have resulted in a reduction of services to the citizens of Lake Tahoe.  As DA, I would restore staffing to appropriate levels so that all of our citizens have access to the resources of our office.

 How does one meet these challenges?  It may not be easy, but it is possible.  But it takes a Leader – and someone who is:

 ·       motivated by the greater good not just what is good for her;

 ·       a person of integrity and grit who can do the right thing – even when it is the hard thing;

 ·       responsible, accountable and transparent in her policies;

 ·       able to communicate clearly and directly, as well as listen to the ideas and concerns of others;

 ;·       relentless in the pursuit of what is right;

In addition to having these qualities, a good District Attorney recognizes that as prosecutors, our job is about people, not cases.  We have an awesome responsibility which we must approach daily with complete honesty and humility.

To the People of El Dorado County, I say – I am that Leader.   For the past twenty years I have demonstrated my commitment to you.  I care about the people of this community.  As your District Attorney, I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that justice is served – that perpetrators are held accountable and victims are heard.  Moreover, I will work with you to make our county a model for public safety.  Together, we will make it happen!   



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