Santa Ana, CA – – The Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys (AOCDDA) has endorsed Tony Rackauckas for re-election as Orange County’s District Attorney. This is closely followed by the endorsement he received last week from the Orange County Attorneys Association (OCAA).
“Every day in Orange County, our Deputy District Attorneys strive to do justice for the People. In recent years, their job has grown more challenging due to changing legislative and social attitudes towards criminal justice. Therefore our Deputy District Attorneys require and demand a steady, experienced leader who embraces and supports their mission of Justice for all People, and who does not bend to political winds. By voting to endorse Tony Rackauckas for District Attorney, the members of the Association for Orange County Deputy District Attorneys have reaffirmed that he is the best person to continue leading the District Attorney’s Office,” stated Cyril Yu, AOCDDA Civil Action Committee Chair.
“Tony has been a strong, steady leader who is committed to doing justice for the People. He has led the fight to stop Human Trafficking, to combat gangs, and to expose corporate malfeasance. Tony has supported and defended the hard work of our Deputy District Attorneys. We are proud to endorse Tony Rackauckas for District Attorney,” concluded Yu.
The endorsement represents a significant blow to the campaign of Todd Spitzer, who is a former Deputy D.A. and is well-known to the AOCDDA’s membership.
Tony Rackauckas joined the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) as a Deputy District Attorney. Over the next 15 years, he conducted over 40 homicide jury trials and over 100 felony jury trials including rape, robbery, arson, assault and burglary.
Tony was appointed in 1990 as a municipal court judge by Governor George Deukmejian. Three years later, Governor Pete Wilson appointed Tony to the Superior Court, and he was named Presiding Judge of its Appellate Department in 1996.
In June 1998, Tony ran for District Attorney and was overwhelmingly elected by the citizens of Orange County by 23 percentage points over his opponent, becoming the first person from outside the OCDA to be elected District Attorney in more than 40 years. Tony has since been re-elected four times, in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014, twice running unopposed.