San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, considered one of the most progressive law enforcement officials in the nation, announced on Thursday that he would step down from that position later this month, relocate to his hometown of Los Angeles, then “explore a run for District Attorney” there.
The Los Angeles Times called the move “an almost certain signal that he is preparing to challenge Jackie Lacey to become Los Angeles County’s top prosecutor.”
Gascón’s second term would have concluded at the end of this year, but now his last day as San Francisco’s D.A. will be October 18. More than a year ago, Gascón revealed that he would not seek a third term, citing the failing health of his mother, who resides in the L.A. area. He had the support of progressive billionaire George Soros, who, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, had planned to hold multiple fundraisers for Gascón’s re-election effort.
“San Francisco’s District Attorney has every right