In a high-profile but partisan-flavored move, Democratic Reps. George Miller and John Garamendi have endorsed Contra Costa District Attorney candidate Dan O’Malley.
The District Attorney seat is nonpartisan but O’Malley is a Democrat and his opponent, Mark Peterson, is a Republican. Both parties view even nonpartisan posts as key to building a bench for partisan candidates and typically promote the candidates of their respective branches.
On the other hand, O’Malley has plenty of Republican endorsements including those of outgoing District Attorney Bob Kochly, Sheriff Warren Rupf, Supervisor Mary Piepho and former GOP state Sen. Richard Rainey.
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REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS UNITE TO SUPPORT DAN O’MALLEY
Democratic Congressmen, Former US Attorneys Endorse O’Malley’s Vision For Change
Concord, CA — Candidate for District Attorney , Judge Dan O’Malley (ret.), is uniting Republicans and Democrats with his vision for change in Contra Costa County. Today, he announced new Democratic endorsements from Congressman George Miller (D – California’s 7th District) and Congressman John Garamendi (D – California’s 10th District), and Republican endorsements from John S. Herrington (former US Secretary of Energy), Joseph Russoniello, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of California, and McGregor Scott, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California.
“Once again, I am so pleased to have the support and backing of such influential power-brokers as Democratic Congressmen Miller and Garamendi as well as notable Republicans Harrington, Russoniello and Scott, “O’Malley said in a statement.
“This is a non-partisan office, yet I am proud to have the support of both sides of the aisle. That’s exactly what this County needs: a candidate who can unite everyone and get the job done. There’s so much work we need to do to improve the county and the office of the District Attorney, and it requires everyone pulling in the same direction to achieve it.”
“I believe it’s a real testament to my vision for change in this great County that I am uniting both Democrats and Republicans with my plan, and I am so proud to acknowledge their support of me.”
This is not the first instance of dedicated Republicans throwing their support behind Former Judge Dan O’Malley. He has already been endorsed by other notable Republicans including Richard Rainey (former Assemblymember, Senator and Contra Costa County Sheriff), Supervisor Mary Piepho, current Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf and San Ramon Mayor and Assembly candidate, Abram Wilson.
“It doesn’t matter what your personal politics are — whether you lean Democrat or Republican or neither. It’s about choosing the right person who can come in to the broken Office and turn things around; the person who will put greater emphasis on public safety; the person who will connect with the disenfranchised communities and treat victims of crime with dignity and respect. That is what I stand for.”
In his 23-year legal career, Judge Dan O’Malley (ret.) has been a Deputy District Attorney, a Superior Court Judge and a Managing Law Partner in a private practice. This wealth of experience brings a unique perspective: he has seen all sides of the law and many agree this perspective and his plan for change what sets him apart.
Absentee ballots are mailed out on October 4, with the County going to the polls on November 2.