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Outsiders are trying to oust DA Anne Marie Schubert, who has kept Sacramento safe

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert discusses the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo for a string of violent crimes in the 1970's and 1980's, at a news conference, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert discusses the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo for a string of violent crimes in the 1970's and 1980's, at a news conference, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) AP

People with their own agenda, who neither live or work anywhere near Sacramento County, seem to think they are qualified to tell local voters who should lead our District Attorney’s office for the next four years.

Those of us who live and work here already know the answer: Anne Marie Schubert.

Don’t be fooled by people with an agenda – one that has nothing to do with keeping you and your family safe.

There is a reason she is endorsed by every local public safety and law enforcement association and nearly every local Democratic and Republican leader – she is one of the finest DAs in the country and nobody works harder to keep our community safe.

I’ve known Anne Marie for 20 years. We worked major crime and homicide cases together. One you may have heard of recently – the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer. She led the team that resulted in the arrest of one of the nation’s most notorious mass killers.

Her passion for Sacramento is easy to explain. Anne Marie is a product our community. She was raised in Sacramento, went to local schools and is raising her own children here.

Anne Marie’s relentless pursuit of justice and advocacy for victims is what really stands out. For 28 years she has dedicated her life to the pursuit of justice.

As a Deputy District Attorney, she formed the DA’s Cold Case Prosecution Unit in 2002 and served as its first prosecutor. She is a nationally recognized forensic DNA expert. Through her leadership, the Sacramento DA’s office is also a leader fighting the scourge of human trafficking.

One of her first priorities after her election in 2014 was to create a community and government relations bureau, to increase accessibility and communication between the DA’s office and citizens. And she has initiated new partnerships and innovative programs to prevent crime, engage our community and educate our young people. These programs include:

  • A Citizens Academy, where participants learn about challenges and issues within the justice system.
  • A Youth Academy where students engage positively with law enforcement concerning current issues that affect them and explore possible career opportunities in public safety.
  • #iSMART (Internet Social Media Awareness, Resources & Training) which educates local youth about the dangers, risks, and threats posed by social media and the internet.
  • GIFT (Gun-violence Information for Teens), where teens learn about the legal consequences of gun possession and gun related violence.

Anne Marie works alongside crime victims, community leaders and public safety officials day in and day out to steer youth away from criminal activity, allowing them to embark on a path to productive lives.

District Attorney of Sacramento County is an important job. Only the most qualified, most ethical and most prepared should be considered. Anne Marie Schubert is all three.

Don’t be fooled by people with an agenda – one that has nothing to do with keeping you and your family safe. Reelect District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.

John McGinness is former Sacramento County sheriff and an adjunct professor of criminal justice. Reach him at john.jpm.solutions@gmail.com.

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