LOS ANGELES – Today, George Gascón’s campaign for Los Angeles District Attorney is proud to announce that the Working Families Party has endorsed Gascón’s campaign for 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 Cabán, 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’s why Working Families Party is all in for George Gascón, 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 Gascón. “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.”
George Gascón is the Democratic Party’s nominee. He is endorsed by the LA Times, the LA Daily News, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamal
Mr. Gascón grew up in Los Angeles after his family immigrated from Cuba. An army veteran, Gascón served as a Los Angeles Police Department Officer for 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 Gascón Chief of Police. Newsom turned to Gascón 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 Gascón 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, Gascón returned to Los Angeles to care for his elderly mother and to be closer to his two daughters and grandchildren in Long Beach. Gascón is married to Fabiola Kramsky, a three-time Emmy Award winning journalist and recipient of the “Premio Nacional de Periodismo,” the highest recognition given to journalists in Mexico.