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Crosscurrents

Nancy O'Malley fights to remain Alameda County's D.A.

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Hana Baba
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Current District Attorney Nancy O'Malley

For the first time in nearly a decade, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley is running against an opponent.

O'Malley wasappointed in 2009, and ran unopposed in 2010 and 2014. The incumbent O'Malley is endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Kamala Harris, the mayors of Oakland and Berkeley, among many others.

Recently she's been criticized for accepting a $10,000 campaign donation from the Fremont Police Union while her department was investigating officers in that department for the 2017 killing of 16-year-old Elena Mondragon.

"If people know what we do — if they went to the website and learned about what we are doing, or if they themselves had an experience that helped them get beyond the negative part of their interaction with us, meaning being a victim of crime or being involved in crime, I think people would be very, very proud of this D.A. office. And me."

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.