San Diego County

District Attorney

District Analysis

The San Diego County District Attorney is a crucial figure in the county’s justice system, serving as the chief prosecutor for San Diego County, California. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for the prosecution of criminal offenses that occur within the county's jurisdiction, ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies. The role involves overseeing the filing of criminal charges, managing legal proceedings, and working with law enforcement agencies to investigate criminal activities.

Beyond the courtroom, the District Attorney’s role extends to public safety policy and community outreach. The office often engages in efforts to prevent crime, support victims, and foster community relations. This involves collaborating with various organizations, schools, and community groups to address the root causes of crime and to enhance public awareness about legal and social issues.

Notable recent officeholders include Bonnie Dumanis, who served from 2003 to 2017, and was the first openly gay or lesbian DA in the country. She was known for her focus on issues like human trafficking, public corruption, and cybercrime. Dumanis also emphasized rehabilitation programs and alternative sentencing, particularly for non-violent offenders.

Summer Stephan, who succeeded Dumanis in 2017, has continued some of these initiatives and brought her priorities to the role. Her tenure is noted for a strong stance on human trafficking and child exploitation crimes, as well as a focus on mental health issues within the criminal justice system. Stephan has also been recognized for her efforts in advancing crime-fighting technology and enhancing the services provided to crime victims.

The position of District Attorney is an elected one, carrying significant influence over the county's criminal justice agenda. As such, the officeholder's policies and priorities can have a profound impact on public safety, the administration of justice, and community trust in the legal system.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, through its prosecutorial and policy roles, plays a pivotal role in shaping the legal landscape of the county. The officeholder’s approach to criminal justice, community engagement, and legal advocacy reflects not only on the office but also on the broader dynamics of law and order in the county.

1,927,058 Registered Voters as of 01/02/24 D +14.49%
800,579 Voters
521,328 Voters
605,151 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 55.78% Dahle - 44.22% D +11.6%
2020 Presidential Biden - 60.21% Trump - 37.46% D +22.75%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 56.86% Cox - 43.14% D +13.72%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 56.07% Trump - 36.43% D +19.64%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
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2022 General Election Results (November 8, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Summer Stephan (DTS) 731,009 100.0%
2018 Primary Election Results (June 5, 2018)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Summer Stephan (DTS) 383,807 62.73%
Genevieve Jones-Wright (D) 228,020 37.27%