Shortly after District Attorney candidate Mary Knox conceding the election the election, District Attorney Diana Becton issued a statement stating voters wanted a justice system that works for all and that the status quo has decimated entire communities, separated families, and relegated generations of Black and Brown communities as second class citizens.
She took to social media:
Thank you, Contra Costa! My heart is filled with such gratitude. Thank you for your hard work to spread our message of safety, justice and progress across the County. It is my honor to continue serving as your district attorney.
Diana Becton’s Statement
Contra Costa voters have spoken. They want a justice system that works for everyone. People showed up for this campaign through canvassing, at farmers markets, making phone calls, texting – and at the polls. I thank the people of Contra Costa County for believing that our justice system can keep us safe, and be more just and equitable. I also thank Mary Knox for her years of service in our county.
Feeling safe in our homes and our communities is what we all deserve. That is why we will continue to focus on serious and violent crime, with supporting victims as our number one priority. We also know that we need to reimagine our system to make it work for everyone, not just the few. The status quo has decimated entire communities, separated families, and relegated generations of Black and Brown communities as second class citizens. That is why we will continue working to reduce racial disparities in our systems. We also must continue to hold anyone who harms communities accountable – even if they are in elected office or wear a badge – because that is what real safety demands.
I am committed to working with every community, and with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, to continue to make Contra Costa County safer and our system more fair for everyone.”
Even with a low voter turnout of 17.95%, Contra Costa County Elections reports Becton has a commanding lead with 56% of the vote (63,147) over Knox at 43.99% (49,599 votes).
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