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Lieberstein Announces Re-Election Bid

Incumbent Napa County D.A. Gary Lieberstein unveils list of more than 85 endorsers that includes key state and local leaders.

Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein. credit sfgate.com
Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein. credit sfgate.com

Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein officially announced today that he will seek re-election for his fifth term as the county’s chief prosecutor in 2014.

Lieberstein, who has more than 28 years of experience as a prosecutor, also released a list of more than 85 state and local leaders who have endorsed him for re-election, including Congressman Mike Thompson, State Attorney General Kamala Harris, Napa County Sheriff John Robertson and Supervisors Diane Dillon, Bill Dodd, Mark Luce and Brad Wagenknecht

“Napa County is one of the safest places in California to live, raise a family, retire or visit,” said Lieberstein. “I am proud of the work of my office and the significant role we have played in protecting our quality of life.

"I am running for re-election to continue this work to use my experience to continue our successes and effectively address the new challenges to our local justice system,” he added.

 Among Lieberstein’s ongoing priorities as District Attorney is collaborating with partners in the criminal justice system to adjust to a recent state law that redirects non-violent and non-serious felony offenders from state prison to local corrections systems.

He is also focused on reducing gang violence to keep neighborhoods safe, continuing to aggressively prosecute serious and violent offenders, protecting our natural resources and improving access to mental health resources.

Lieberstein is also a local, state and national leader on crime victim advocacy and issues related to preventing sexual assault.

He currently serves as Vice President of the National District Attorney’s Association, Governor’s Appointee to the California Sex Offender Management Board and is a Past President of the California District Attorney’s Association.

 In addition to the leaders listed above, Lieberstein has received the support of State Treasurer and Former State Attorney General Bill Lockyer, State Senators Noreen Evans and Lois Wolk and Assemblymember Mariko Yamada.

County and local leaders endorsing Lieberstein include Napa County Auditor/Controller Tracy Schultze, Napa County Treasurer-Tax Collector Tamie Frasier, Napa County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Nemko, American Canyon Mayor Leon Garcia, Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning, Napa Mayor Jill Techel and Yountville Mayor John Dunbar. 

A complete list of endorsements can be found at http://www.garyforda.com/endorsements.

 Lieberstein has served as Napa County’s District Attorney since 1998, when he was first elected to the office and has been overwhelmingly re-elected three times. He first joined the Napa County District Attorney’s office in 1985 as a Deputy District Attorney.

He currently serves on the board of more than a dozen Napa County commissions and organizations, including as Chair of the Napa County Child Abuse Prevention Council and Napa County Elder Abuse Council and as the Past Chair and current Executive Committee Member of the Napa County Gang and Youth Violence Prevention Commission.

A graduate of UCLA and UC Hastings College of Law, Lieberstein lives in Napa with his wife of 26 years, Patti. Their daughter Rachel is a second-year law student at Hastings.

So far, one candidate, Napa attorney Doug Pharr, has announced his intention to challenge Lieberstein for the top prosecutor's spot. Pharr announced his intention in November.


 





MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" December 16, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Dump Gary Lieberstein
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 16, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Look at the photo. See his hand raised up? Public Speaking Body Language 101: "Look at my hand, not at my facial expressions that will tell when I'm not being truthful." Hands belong on the podium, never higher than the chest so the audience stays focused on speech and not on distracting motions. Good thing he has tenure, otherwise he'd need a professional handler.
Janice December 17, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Yep his time is up!! We need new blood in this office. They get in and think they should just be there... well till they want to leave, ah not!!!
Navi December 17, 2013 at 07:31 PM
As a victim of crime I can say that the victim advocates he employs are very ineffective.

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