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Mary Knox Statement on $400k in Out-of-State Money Entering Contra Costa District Attorney Race

Press Release

by ECT

California Justice & Public Safety PAC” with major funding from George Soros has reported more than $400,000 in spending to influence voters in the 2022 Contra Costa DA Race

MARTINEZ, CA–  In light of recently reported contributions from an out-of-state PAC funded by George Soros, Mary Knox, Candidate for Contra Costa District Attorney released the following statement:

“An Out-of-State Billionaire is now spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to influence voters and drown out the voices of local donors in the District Attorney’s race. ” said Mary Knox, Deputy District Attorney and Candidate for District Attorney, “Our grassroots campaign has deeply resonated with Contra Costa voters who want to see our DA focused on restoring safety and reducing crime. It’s clear that my campaign has made an impact that is now driving out-of-state spending in this race. I remain focused on ensuring our message reaches voters across our county.”  

Mary Knox has served as a Prosecutor in the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office for 37 years and has extensive trial experience. Knox has earned the endorsement of every law enforcement agency in the County, as well as state and local organizations such as the California Correctional Peace Officers Association,  PORAC, the California Narcotics Officers Association and the California Gang Investigators Association. Mary has advanced social justice while preventing crime in Contra Costa County.  She brought anti-bias training to the District Attorney’s Office and has fought to end discrimination against women in the Contra Costa County’s District Attorney’s Office.

Mary Knox and the incumbent are the only candidates running for election as District Attorney.  Since this election will be won by a simple majority, the election of the next District Attorney of Contra Costa County will be determined by the votes cast on June 7, 2022.

Mary Knox Bio: 

Mary Knox has dedicated her life to making Contra Costa County safer. For more than 37 years, Mary has served as an experienced prosecutor and advocate for crime victims. As a lead prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office, Mary has won high profile cases against some of the most notorious criminals in Contra Costa County history. She worked to dismantle the criminal gangs who have preyed upon our most disadvantaged communities, and she has engaged in meaningful violence reduction by instituting effective strategies to reduce crime and prosecute violent criminals. To discourage freeway shootings, she secured $3.5 million for freeway security cameras. She brought in $3.5 million in federal funding to combat sex trafficking. And, after recent smash and grab robberies, Mary developed a three-point plan to hold organized crime syndicates accountable and prevent future crimes.

Born and raised in Walnut Creek, Mary Knox attended UCLA and then Pepperdine Law School. During law school, Mary worked as a law clerk in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the Sexual Assault Unit and in a second clerkship in the Juvenile Unit. Once Mary graduated from law school, she came home and has worked as a prosecutor in the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s for the past 37 years while raising her son, Darien, as a single mother.

Key Endorsements (for a complete list visit maryknox4da.com):

  • Crime Victims United
  • Police Officer Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • California Narcotic Officers’ Association (CNOA)
  • California Correctional Peace Officers Association
  • Central Coast Gang Investigators Association
  • National Latino Police Officer Association – Contra Costa County NLPOA Advocacy Chapter
  • Chinese American Political Association (CAPA) PAC
  • Contra Costa County Sheriff, David Livingston
  • Mitchell Celaya III, Calistoga Police Chief
  • Douglas Krathwal, Retired San Pablo Police Chief
  • Joseph Aida, Retired San Pablo Police Chief
  • Walt Schuld, Retired San Pablo Police Chief
  • John Moore, Retired Pleasant Hill Police Chief
  • Dan Lawrence, Retired Clayton Police Chief
  • Tom Holt, Former Police Lieutenant from the Contra Costa Community College District
  • Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
  • Contra Costa District Attorney Investigators Association
  • El Cerrito Police Officer Association
  • Hercules Police Officer Association
  • Martinez Police Officer Association
  • Oakley Police Officer Association
  • Pinole Police Officer Association
  • Pittsburg Police Officer Association
  • Pleasant Hill Police Officer Association
  • San Ramon Police Officer Association
  • Antioch Police Officer Association
  • BART Police Officer Association
  • Brentwood Police Officer Association
  • Richmond Police Officer Association
  • San Pablo Police Employees’ Association
  • Clayton Police Officer Association
  • Concord Police Officer Association
  • East Bay Regional Parks Police Officer Association
  • Walnut Creek Police Officer Association

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Becton MUST GO! May 18, 2022 - 12:22 pm

I guess we should ask why Soros is involved in a local election?
And why he is supporting Becton?
Becton is corrupt
Becton is a racist
Becton supports socialism
Bectons staff hates her
More than half have quit the office because Becton will not allow crimes to be prosecuted as the law allows.
If you want some law and order restored to this county then vote for Knox.

Wes Tanker May 19, 2022 - 10:31 am

Clearly Soros is continuing his support of the most radical left wing politicians. I don’t believe his views align with those of most residents of the County yet he’s going to try to bury Ms Knox in an avalanche of dirty money. Let’s not let him get away with it.

Coastrider May 19, 2022 - 3:51 pm

Not going to happen. Mary has 37 years…what has she been doing for THIRTY SEVEN YEARS that she never ran for d.a.??

MEV May 19, 2022 - 9:04 pm

So agree. Becton must go! Mary Knox gets my vote.

Carl Fabbri May 19, 2022 - 7:03 am

This local election highlights a profound problem experienced throughout the country. It is that local city, county and state elections and voting for localized issues are influenced and corrupted by person’s and money from outside of those jurisdictions. This is an adulteration and unjust influence of legitimate ballots cast by qualified local voters.

Any justification made for permitting an
out of state and out of county resident’s money and influence in a California county election is profoundly unfair, interferes with the legitimate process and minimizes individual voting. Legislation at the local, state and federal levels is overdue and required to stop this gross interference with all levels of the voting process to restore legitimacy and confidence in the entire process.

Bubba May 19, 2022 - 12:36 pm

To fix typos:

So, the DA should just be a rubber stamp office for law enforcement so that when cops murder innocent civilians they can be completely unaccountable? So that the police “brotherhood” can act above and outside the law with no repercussions? I’ll pass. I’d rather have someone that will prosecute renegade, murderous, good ol boy cops. Hopefully we can also get rid of that good ‘ol boy sheriff that’s outraged over a slap on the wrist sentence for one of his deputies that has murdered two unarmed people. We need law enforcement to be held accountable just as much as criminals. Knox is already “in bed” with law enforcement and will not only allow, but will encourage law enforcement to trample our rights. Of course correctional officers want a DA who’s “tough on crime”. That’s job security. Maybe we should start asking how all the drugs and cell phones keep getting into our penal institutions. I guarantee those questions will never be answered with Knox in office. She won’t want to harm the CO’s additional income stream. Otherwise, how could they buy her complicity?

Lauren MG May 19, 2022 - 8:00 pm

This is essentially a campaign ad for Knox, which shows the blatant bias of this publication. I am pretty certain that it is Mary Knox who is getting her funding from God knows where, since there are giant signs all over the county and obnoxious, sensationalized flyers in my mailbox from her campaign. Super heavy-handed. Diana Becton is a skilled, experienced district attorney and I will be glad to re-elect her.

Chris Stitt May 20, 2022 - 6:17 pm

I am a Democrat for Mary. (socialism,please ?) Tnis has to do with upholding the law and keeping the community safe. Period. We need the best person elected as the District Attorney. Mary Knox is that person. PERIOD.

Town Pump May 21, 2022 - 11:18 am

Enough with George Soros influencing local elections nationwide. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, etc. Soros money kills law abiding communities. Stop Becton!!!

Jon Webster May 21, 2022 - 2:31 pm

I take true exception to your baseless allegations against the current District Attorney, Diana Becton. I was a deputy sheriff and a deputy district attorney. I know both Ms Knox and Ms Becton. Both have been courageous fighters for public safety. It is truly disgraceful how you slander Ms Becton. If you dislike her calls on (as I suspect) the prosecution of police officers who break the law, that’s unfortunate. But simply be honest. Dislike or support candidates for their actual policies, not your prejudices.

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