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Deputy DA challenges incumbent District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert

Sacramento County prosecutor Noah Phillips makes his closing statement as Orville Fleming sits in court on Monday, May 22, 2015 in Sacramento Superior Court. “What a terrible way to die,” Phillips said in his closing argument at Fleming’s murder trial. “This was the work of a first-responder turned wicked.”
Sacramento County prosecutor Noah Phillips makes his closing statement as Orville Fleming sits in court on Monday, May 22, 2015 in Sacramento Superior Court. “What a terrible way to die,” Phillips said in his closing argument at Fleming’s murder trial. “This was the work of a first-responder turned wicked.” hamezcua@sacbee.com

Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Noah Phillips is challenging incumbent District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert next year, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Phillips, 45, is currently assigned to the DA’s homicide unit. A registered Democrat, he said he decided to run because he doesn’t feel the department is leading the charge on elder abuse, domestic violence and gun violence against children.

“Every organization has priorities and when we’re talking about preventing crime, whether it be crimes against children, domestic violence assaults or elder abuse – those would be my priorities,” he said. “Quite frankly, those are all areas that appear to need immediate problem-solving. Those are all emergencies from my perspective.”

Schubert, 53, was elected in 2014, succeeding Jan Scully, who had led the department for 20 years. A registered Republican, Schubert said she’s running for re-election because she’s proud of the work her office has done, both before she was elected and in the three years since she took office. She held up the new Family Justice Center, a one-stop-shop for services for domestic violence victims, as evidence she is leading on that issue.

She said her office is not only focused on being effective in the courtroom, but also in the community through a youth academy, job shadowing programs and a budding partnership with Reading Partners, a child literacy organization.

“We have a significant presence in the community to educate, prevent and intervene,” she said. “Some folks have earned their trip to jail, but we do a lot of things even in the courtroom to get them back on track.”

Phillips grew up in Reno and attended McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. He spent a year with another county before coming to Sacramento in 1999. He’s served as a supervising attorney for the Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Elder Abuse units, according to his website.

He currently lives in West Sacramento and is registered to vote in Yolo County. He said he and his wife are looking to buy in Sacramento County, and his kids attend a school in Sacramento.

In 2015, Phillips prosecuted Orville “Moe” Fleming, the former Cal Fire chief convicted of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of girlfriend Sarah Douglas.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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