According to an updated count of ballots on Friday evening, civil rights lawyer Pamela Price led the four candidates in the Alameda County District Attorney’s race.
Price, who contested in 2018, had 40% of the vote, followed by Assistant DA Terry Wylie with 30%.
On Thursday, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters estimated there were more than 100,000 ballots left to count. Price and Wiley face each other in the November general election if the results continue to hold up after more ballots are counted over the next few days.
The Price campaign announced the victory in a press release sent out Thursday morning, signaling that “Alameda County voters are bored by the status of the criminal justice system, which perpetuates the black and brown youth of color.
“It shows the people of Alameda County are ready for change. It’s time for a change,” Price said during his campaign watch party at Everett & Jones Barbecue on Tuesday evening.
County voters were asked to elect a District Attorney for the first time in decades, when they weren’t in office or appointing someone to the position. District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced she will step down in 2021 after three terms.
The District Attorney position is an authority and is important to Oakland residents for several reasons: The DA has the responsibility to represent the people of California in criminal, civil, and juvenile cases to determine whether or not a person faces charges. The DA has the power to set policies such as whether people convicted of drug crimes or theft should receive a jail or prison sentence or to turn these people into treatment programs or diversion courts.
O’Malley did not face an opponent until 2018, when he challenged Pryce to the DAs where progressive candidates were sitting. Pricing started again in 2022.
During this time, Price and former San Francisco prosecutor and current Oakland political aide Seth Steward competed against O’Malley Underlings Chief Deputy District Attorney Terry Wiley and Deputy District Attorney Jimmy Wilson.
Price and Steward ran on the hopes of making the DA’s office more transparent and accountable. Their opponents are longtime county prosecutors who will make less drastic changes if elected.
Steward, who is currently the chief of staff for Oakland Council member Dan Kalb, was fourth on Wednesday.
Wiley is the third highest ranking member of the DA’s office and has the support of O’Malley’s distinguished supporters, and Wilson, who has worked in the courts outside the DA headquarters, has the support of police departments. By Thursday evening, Wiley had taken a 10-point lead over Wilson.
O’Malley was among Wiley’s supporters gathered at D. Monaghan’s Bar and Restaurant in Oakland Hills. “I have been working hard to get my message out since last year. We seem to be running away,” Wiley told Oaklandside Tuesday at 10 p.m.
At the Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant and Bar in Alameda, Wilson said he remained hopeful and still had countless ballots. “I believe that I am the right person for the job and that voters will come to that decision,” Wilson said Tuesday evening.
In all county contests for the June ballot, the District Attorney race has seen more cutthroat tactics and more money to secure a spot in the November runoff.
Wilson spent more than $ 300,000 in the weeks leading up to the election, which included an ad for an attack on Wylie. The adventurous division has split the DA’s office and the division created by the election does not end after the election.