Sacramento County District Attorney candidate Paris Coleman gains early endorsements from Schubert, Cooper




In what is expected to be a closely watched and hotly contested race for Sacramento County District Attorney, one candidate vying for what will be an open seat in 2022 has already landed major endorsements.

Paris Coleman, a Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney and former Alameda County prosecutor, yesterday announced his 2022 candidacy for Sacramento County District Attorney. The current District Attorney, Ann Marie Schubert, recently announced she would run as an independent candidate for California Attorney General in 2022 against Democratic interim California Attorney General Rob Bonta.

Among the early endorsements for Coleman are from Schubert, DA since 2014, and Democratic California Assemblymember Jim Cooper. Although the District Attorney's offices are non-partisan, Coleman noted in the announcement that he is a lifelong Democrat. 
 
Between Sacramento and Alameda counties, Coleman has 20 years of experience handling homicides, three-strikes cases, adult sexual assault, and complex jury trials. A Sacramento native, Coleman graduated from Sacramento State and attended law school at U.C. Davis.  

If elected, Coleman says his top priorities will be to uphold the law, protect neighborhoods and businesses from crime, defend victims' rights, and empower communities to reduce crime by “showing up, listening, and responding to their needs.”

“We need police officers who understand the people they’re serving, prosecutors who search for the truth without bias, and a system of accountability that doesn’t just seek to incarcerate but is focused on what we all want – the reduction of crime in our communities and people held accountable for unlawful behavior,” Coleman said.

Cooper's endorsement, who was elected to the California Assembly in 2014 for the 9th District following a 30-year career with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and 14 years on the Elk Grove City Council, is widely sought by regional candidates as the 2022 election cycle approaches. In 2022 Cooper is expected to run for Sacramento County Sheriff, a race that he lost in 2010 to current Sheriff Scott Jones.   

“Paris was born and raised in Sacramento and cares deeply about the people of this county,” Cooper said. “He knows how to listen and then act decisively to uphold the law and bring criminals to justice.”

With Coleman's entry into the race, there are now three candidates seeking the office. The others are Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Thein Ho and Alana Matthews. If no candidate receives over 50-percent in the June 2022 primary, the top two finishers will have a run-off in the November general election. 

 

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