Schubert – and Scully – winners in DA’s election

06/04/2014 6:26 PM

06/08/2014 11:47 AM

Before she scooted out of town Wednesday for a quick overnight hiking vacation in the mountains, the victorious Anne Marie Schubert was more than happy to acknowledge another winner in the Sacramento County district attorney’s race.

Schubert gained 58 percent of the primary vote to defeat Maggy Krell and Todd Leras and win the election outright, without having to carry the campaign forward to a November runoff.

On her way into the DA’s seat, Schubert shared the moment with the woman who will be giving it up.

Outgoing District Attorney Jan Scully, the 20-year incumbent who endorsed Schubert, gained a major sense of validation in the victory of one of her top deputies. In defeating Krell and Leras, Schubert fended off her opponents’ attacks on the way her boss had run the office for two decades. Krell had blasted away at what she called Scully’s “incarceration first” prosecutorial priority. Leras criticized what he called a “culture of fear” that he said permeated Scully’s administrative style.

The election results, Schubert said, showed that the accusations didn’t much influence the public.

“Our polling was very clear that this community supports Jan Scully,” said Schubert, a deputy district attorney and supervisor under Scully who has worked in the Sacramento DA’s Office for 18 years in a career that spans nearly a quarter-century. “The good work that she’s been doing for 20 years has been validated.”

If the election served as something of a referendum on the way she did her job for five terms, Scully was quick to accept it.

“It was reassuring to know that our community really did value what our office has done and what we’ve accomplished, on how hard we’ve worked on their behalf for all these years,” Scully said.

Scully said she did not expect the campaign to be a referendum on the performance of her office, during a period when crime rates fell and the office adjusted to political and legal reality by pulling back from a hard-ball approach to three-strikes sentencing and by using caution in its application of the death penalty.

“I got over being kind of sensitive about it,” Scully said of the attacks. “I recognized that’s all they could do, because with Anne Marie, with her résumé, you really can’t attack her. So the office was a target. I can handle it. That’s what happens when you’re in an elected position.”

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