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Contra Costa DA candidates spar

The two leading candidates for Contra Costa District Attorney, Dan O’Malley and Mark Peterson, delivered fireworks this morning in a debate sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club in Walnut Creek.

Peterson, a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office, repeatedly referred to O’Malley’s status as a private defense attorney and his ties to current county management. O’Malley hammered home the fact that numerous groups and individuals who know both men, such as the outgoing District Attorney Bob Kochly and the district attorney’s union, have chosen to endorse O’Malley.

The third candidate, Elle Falahat, didn’t show. Despite having agreed to appear a month ago, she emailed organizers last night and said she had a schedule conflict. It’s the second debate she has ducked and she refused to commit to a third.  Does she sound like a serious contender?

Catch my video below.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen