Price declares victory over Wiley in Alameda County DA race

East Bay Times:

OAKLAND – Civil rights attorney Pamela Price on Friday night extended her lead over longtime prosecutor Terry Wiley in the Alameda County District Attorney race.

According to election results posted Friday night, Price had secured 53.11 percent of the vote, giving her a 26,643-vote lead over Wiley.

Price declared victory in a statement.

“Tonight’s numbers are a confirmation of our victory,” she said. “We knew this election was going to be an exclamation point in the history for Alameda County. The DA’s office has been an untouched tower of legacy appointed and unchallenged district attorneys. For the last 10 years, the office has stood in the way of the progressive reforms ushered in by our California Legislature and endorsed by Alameda County voters.”

Wiley did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Price said Wiley had not conceded.

Price, who lost a bid to unseat outgoing District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in 2018, ran on a progressive platform that emphasized finding alternatives to incarceration and holding police officers accountable for on-duty deaths and uses of force.

“Now we have the opportunity to bring justice reform to Alameda County,” Price said. “There are already dozens of progressive DAs across this country making a real difference in the lives of victims, families and communities. I know we can build a system for Alameda County with accountability, transparency and equity.”

“This campaign has always been about creating real justice for Alameda County,” she continued. “I am confident our message of justice with compassion for a safer Alameda County has resonated with voters. Almost everyone agrees the system is broken. My administration will begin an era of change that ultimately will make us stronger and safer.”

Wiley, a prosecutor for nearly four decades, presented himself as the “public safety” candidate. He said he would aggressively prosecute what he called the relatively small number of people committing violent crimes in the county while embracing mental health and drug diversion programs.

Price has been building momentum since Tuesday when she first pulled ahead of Wiley. Her lead jumped to 7,000 votes the following day and by Thursday she had a 14,000-vote lead.