FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

TOP PROSECUTOR IN AMERICA’S 2ND LARGEST JURISDICTION BACKS GASC脫N


Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx Joins Long List of Progressive Law Enforcement Officials Backing Gasc贸n

LOS ANGELES 鈥 Today, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx endorsed George Gasc贸n to be the next District Attorney of Los Angeles. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State鈥檚 Attorney鈥檚 Office, which is the second largest prosecutor鈥檚 office in the country.

“For too long, our dated system of justice has put a premium on punishment and length of sentence, over public safety and the needs of our communities,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. “But that approach has failed us, proving to be inequitable, expensive, and ultimately adversarial to our long-term health and safety. In America’s largest jurisdiction we need a progressive prosecutor that is willing to implement policies backed by science and research, and that has a track record of reducing crime and incarceration. That prosecutor is George Gasc贸n, and I’m proud to support him to be LA’s next District Attorney.”

“State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has long been on the frontlines of the criminal justice reform movement,” said former District Attorney and Assistant Chief of the LAPD, George Gasc贸n. “Born and raised in Chicago, Foxx began her career as a lawyer fighting for children navigating the child welfare system. As the first Black woman to serve as Cook County State’s Attorney, she has continued to challenge the status quo, working to overturn wrongful convictions and enhance prosecutor transparency. I’m grateful for her support.”

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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, Governor Gavin Newsom, 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.