Phillips Concedes Race Against Schubert, Announces New Career Path Following Resignation From DA's Office

June 14, 2018 |  

Even though early results from the June 5 primary race for Sacramento County District Attorney showed he was at a clear disadvantage, it was only this afternoon that Noah Phillips conceded the race against incumbent Ann Marie Schubert.

In a statement post on his campaign's Facebook page, Phillips said he had hoped the result in the race against Schubert were different, and noted "we have raised awareness and revealed the changes needed in our criminal justice system."

According to results posted by the Sacramento County Board of Elections as of Tuesday, with 135,000 ballots left to count, Schubert received 120,689 votes for 63-percent to Phillip's 68,254 for 37-percent. Those trends have remained constant from the first results released on election night.

Although Phillips lost by a wide margin to Schubert, who won her second term, it was not from the lack of organization and financing. Phillip's was one of a slew of reformed minded district attorney candidates nationwide receiving financial support from financier George Soros. Additionally, Phillips had extensive support from the Sacramento County Democratic Party.

In his announcement, Phillip's also announced he will be leaving the Sacramento County District Attorney's office after a 22-year tenure. Like many prosecuting attorney's leaving the public sector, Phillip's will now pursue criminal defense work.

Phillips said he will be start a criminal defense department at Sacramento-based Hughley Law Group.  

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