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.
“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
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.