FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2020

GASC脫N LAUNCHES NEW TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT SOCIALLY DISTANCED FIELD CAMPAIGN


September 1, 2020

LOS ANGELES –聽 Today, George Gasc贸n’s campaign for Los Angeles District Attorney launched an innovative online field effort in order to prioritize the health and safety of organizers and community members during the Covid-19 global pandemic.

“Our coalition is growing rapidly and we have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the hundreds of volunteers, activists and faith leaders that are working tirelessly to get our message out,” said former District Attorney and Assistant Chief of the LAPD, George Gasc贸n.聽 “The Fall is synonymous with knocking on doors and field offices overflowing with a flurry of activity, but during this unique moment in our history, campaigns, like everyone, must adapt to promote public health and continue to be effective.”

The official launch of the campaign’s聽OutreachCircle will equip our over 600 volunteers with an advanced tool that they can use on their desktop or mobile devices to activate their personal networks. OutreachCircle works by checking a volunteer’s existing contacts against the the Los Angeles County voter file, enabling supporters to contact their personal networks to ask them to join #TeamGasc贸n. While field efforts often revolve around knocking on doors of likely voters, research shows voters are 10x more likely to vote when someone they know contacts them.聽The user friendly website and app allows for all people, regardless of tech abilities, to become part of the campaign and help grow our network of supporters.

As DA in San Francisco Gasc贸n developed a reputation for introducing technology to a field that has largely failed to modernize.聽 He started a national movement when he implemented an algorithm developed by Code For America to proactively clear every marijuana conviction eligible under Proposition 64.聽 He created the Crime Strategies Unit (CSU) which used data to identify and connect offenders responsible for the majority of the city’s crime, leading to some of nation’s largest busts in a single day.聽 He launched the state’s first portal for the public to view prosecutorial metrics and he used artificial intelligence to remove the potential for implicit bias from prosecutors鈥 charging decisions.

We remain grateful for the outpouring of support and encourage our supporters to stay home, stay safe, and stay strong as they utilize this new tool to ensure our campaign is successful on Election Day.

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George Gasc贸n聽is the Democratic Party’s nominee. He is endorsed by the LA Times, the LA Daily News, U.S. Senators聽Bernie聽Sanders,聽Kamala聽Harris,聽Elizabeth聽Warren, Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors, former Chief of the LAPD Charlie Beck,聽and聽many more.

Mr. Gasc贸n grew up in Los Angeles after his family immigrated from Cuba. An army veteran, Gasc贸n served as a Los Angeles Police Department Officer聽for聽30 years, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief of Operations. In 2006 he became Chief of Police in Mesa, Arizona, where he stood up to the hateful and anti-immigrant policies of then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 2009, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Gasc贸n Chief of Police. Newsom turned to Gasc贸n again in 2011 when he tapped him to be District Attorney to fill the seat vacated by an outgoing Kamala Harris who had been elected Attorney General. During his tenure Gasc贸n implemented reforms that are being duplicated across the country while overseeing violent crime and homicides drop to rates not seen in 50 years. After being elected to two terms, Gasc贸n returned to Los Angeles to care聽for聽his elderly mother and to be closer to his two daughters and grandchildren in Long Beach. Gasc贸n is married to聽Fabiola聽Kramsky, a three-time Emmy Award winning journalist and recipient of the 鈥淧remio Nacional de Periodismo,鈥 the highest recognition given to journalists in Mexico.