For Immediate Release - July 29, 2020

WORKING FAMILIES PARTY ENDORSES GEORGE GASC脫N FOR DA


Jul 29, 2020

LOS ANGELES聽鈥 Today,聽George Gasc贸n’s campaign聽for Los Angeles District Attorney is proud to announce that the Working Families Party has endorsed Gasc贸n’s campaign for聽District Attorney. The Working Families Party is a grassroots, multiracial party of working people coming together to make our nation work for the many, not the few. They work to elect the next generation of transformational leaders and to build durable, independent progressive power in communities across the country.

“Los Angeles County has the shameful distinction of being a national leader in mass incarceration, police violence, and a two-tiered system of justice that lets the rich and powerful go free while working families suffer and communities of color get torn apart,” said Tiffany Cab谩n, a former candidate for Queens DA and the National Political Organizer for the Working Families Party. “We cannot pretend to have a truly equitable society if our justice system remains mired in racism, privilege, and profiteering. On November 3, we can, must, and will leave that history behind and invest in the health and empowerment of our neighborhoods. That鈥檚 why Working Families Party is all in for George Gasc贸n, the clear progressive choice for District Attorney. Working families and communities of color have won hard-fought and historic victories in every election cycle in recent years. That wave is coming to Los Angeles County on November 3.”

“I’m deeply humbled to have earned the support of the Working Families Party,” said former San Francisco District Attorney and Assistant Chief of the LAPD, George Gasc贸n. “Their uncompromising activism across the country has reshaped the dynamics of politics in some of the most important races we’ve seen in recent years. The choice in this election is stark: stick with the failed, racist criminal justice policies of the past or embrace common-sense reform solutions to keep neighborhoods safe while ending the death penalty, mass incarceration, cash bail and the criminalization of mental illness and children. Low-income Angelenos and communities of color have been unjustly burdened by our justice system for years–and now they’re part of the coalition for change on November 3.”

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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.