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San Diego DA Candidates Spar Over Police Shooting Investigations, Leadership

District attorney candidates Geneviéve Jones-Wright, left, and Summer Stephan.

Credit: Geneviéve Jones-Wright and Summer Stephan campaigns

Above: District attorney candidates Geneviéve Jones-Wright, left, and Summer Stephan.

San Diego DA Candidates Spar Over Police Shooting Investigations, Leadership


Geneviéve Jones-Wright, deputy public defender, San Diego County

Summer Stephan, interim district attorney, San Diego County


San Diego County's top law prosecutor will be one of the only elected positions filled in June, with only two candidates vying to be the region's district attorney.

Interim District Attorney Summer Stephan, who was appointed after Bonnie Dumanis resigned as DA last year, is running against San Diego County Deputy Public Defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright.

RELATED: San Diego District Attorney’s Race Pits Public Defender Against County’s Interim Prosecutor

Both candidates have labelled themselves reformers. Stephan points to her record helping pioneer the office's Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division and starting North County's first Veterans Treatment Court. Jones-Wright said she would change bail procedures so that defendants would not be held because of an inability to pay cash bail and would create an independent panel to review police shootings.

Jones-Wright and Stephan join KPBS Midday Edition with more on their visions for the District Attorney's office.

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