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Here is some of the media coverage featuring Leif so far in the SF District Attorney race. If you are a member of the media interested in covering Leif’s perspective, email leif@leif2019.com.

San Francisco Chronicle: Dautch strong among early candidates in race to replace SF District Attorney George Gascon

February 18, 2019


Well before George Gascon announced he would not seek another term as San Francisco District Attorney, Leif Dautch launched a campaign dedicated to seeking just, practical solutions to criminal justice and public safety issues in San Francisco.


“After hosting 20 house parties and tabling at local farmers’ markets, Dautch has already proved to have a capable ground game that has translated into impressive fundraising. He’s also the only candidate running on issues like environmental justice and preventing fraudulent evictions, to cut off the tap of people becoming homeless in the first place.”

San Francisco Examiner: Dautch & Loftus neck and neck in initial fundraising for SF District Attorney race

February 2, 2019


As a first-time candidate and relative newcomer to the San Francisco political world, Leif Dautch is giving his opponents a run for their money in the San Francisco District Attorney race, having raised over $130,000 while establishing himself as one of the top two candidates.


“That’s a surprising amount of scrilla for a newcomer to bank, and should have Loftus just a bit worried.”

San Francisco Daily Journal: Candidates get early start in race to replace San Francisco DA

February 21, 2019


The five candidates in this year’s San Francisco district attorney election agree on a couple things: The moment is unique and the system is broken.


“‘There’s a real appetite on the moderate and progressive side in San Francisco for change,’ said Leif M. Dautch, a California deputy attorney general who entered the race last summer.”

Indybay: Environmental justice leaders name Leif Dautch top choice in San Francisco District Attorney Race

August 29, 2018


Dautch will push to rebuild the city’s Environmental Justice Unit (established by then-District Attorney Kamala Harris and phased out under George Gascon), ensuring that oil spills, hazardous waste disposal, and air and water pollution are investigated and, if necessary, prosecuted.


“Dautch said he is ‘honored to have early endorsements from these passionate, environmental advocates and will work with them to build a safe, clean, and equitable San Francisco.'”

San Francisco Examiner: Public Defender vacancy could impact District Attorney race

February 25, 2019


Should Mayor Breed appoint Boudin to head the Public Defender’s office, that would leave Dautch and Loftus as the top two contenders in the SF District Attorney race.

“That’s not to say defeating Dautch would be a cakewalk. Loftus has $127,000 in her campaign coffers as of the last public campaign filings in late January, while Dautch had $99,000 on hand. Loftus has far more name recognition in San Francisco, but Dautch is hungry.”

The Economist: San Francisco needs creative solutions to property crime epidemic

February 16, 2019


Despite being a wealthy, progressive city, San Francisco is experiencing a rash of property crime and quality of life offenses.

“‘It feels like an epidemic because it is an epidemic,’ says Leif Dautch, a young prosecutor who is running for district attorney in San Francisco.”

48 Hills: Dautch & Boudin establish an ethics pledge for the SF DA race

February 23, 2019


Two candidates for district attorney, Chesa Boudin and Leif Dautch, have created an ethics pledge for the campaign, and it takes us further toward making the city’s chief law enforcement office less susceptible to the influence of pay-to-play politics.


“As candidates for one of the city’s top legal offices, we should go beyond merely enforcing the existing rules and set a higher standard for ethical campaign behavior,” said Dautch. “I look forward to an issues-oriented campaign that offers voters a compelling vision for our criminal justice system, while avoiding some of the ethical issues that have marred past DA races.”

Run for Something Endorsement: Real People, Real Changes – “Run For Something” marks Leif Dautch as their top pick for San Francisco DA

February 11, 2019


An organization dedicated to recruiting and supporting young people running for office, Run for Something says Leif Dautch is the best choice for San Francisco District Attorney:


“Having represented the People in more than 400 criminal cases, Leif has seen the failings our criminal justice system first-hand and has the experience and ideas to fix it.”

KTVU: Candidates emerge as San Francisco DA George Gascon announces he will not seek another term

October 3, 2018


Leif Dautch, currently a Deputy California Attorney General and former President of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Commission says he hopes to thread the needle, making sure victims of violent crime receive justice while working with defendants on the root causes of crime.

“We can have accountability on the front end when it comes to criminal conduct and not think the answer is just to throw people in state prison or county jail. We can be creative about treatment programs and probation conditions and reentry services to make sure that people break that cycle of crime.”


San Francisco Chronicle: In an op-ed, Dautch breaks down his guiding principles on reforming the criminal justice system

November 26, 2018


Leif believes to ensure lasting safety and justice for victims and defendants alike, we must reduce incarceration rates by reducing crime rates. Not by reducing the “reporting” of crimes, or re-categorizing harmful conduct so that it no longer is a crime. We need to address the societal drivers of criminal conduct, and the specific issues that cause an individual to re-offend.

Bay Area Reporter: Former California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez endorses Leif Dautch for SF District Attorney in 2019 race

October 19, 2018


Last Thursday, Dautch announced he had the support of Pérez, who said in a statement that he was “confident” Dautch could “be both tough on violent crime and smart about progressive criminal justice reforms” as D.A.


“Leif’s experience in prosecuting criminal cases at the state and local level combined with his background in environmental and human rights advocacy makes him an ideal fit for San Francisco’s future,” stated Pérez.

San Francisco Chronicle: Leif Dautch & Theo Ellington shed light on massive environmental injustice in Hunters Point in op-ed

May 15, 2018


A 2017 study by the Navy found that Tetra Tech, the company charged with addressing the dangerous levels of radioactive contamination at the Hunters Point shipyard and surrounding area, falsified data that hid the true toxicity of the soil samples in a textbook case of environmental and racial injustice.

San Francisco Examiner: More economic opportunity equals less crime

October 22, 2017


In order to combat recidivism, we need to expand the legitimate opportunities for economic advancement available to those with criminal records.

“Driven by a combination of morality and economics, a nationwide movement has taken foot, aimed at better integrating those returning from prisons into our labor market…The results have been tremendous, with the Juvenile Probation Department placing young people currently on probation with city agencies, ranging from its own IT team to Recreation & Park. Even more encouraging, private companies like UPS, Target and Safeway have begun hiring teenagers on probation for summer and full-time positions. The idea of Fortune 500 companies hiring young people still serving their sentences would have been inconceivable even 10 years ago.”

San Francisco Examiner: Allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanagh highlight the need for affirmative consent policies

October 10, 2018


Not only do we need to implement affirmative consent policies (i.e. “Yes means yes”) to combat instances of sexual abuse, but we need to incorporate the concepts of affirmative consent and bystander intervention early in sexual education to empower survivors to speak up, to encourage those who witness an instance of sexual assault to intervene, and to establish healthy sex and relationship dynamics as early as possible.

NBC News: California prosecutors will hit legal roadblock in seeking death penalty against suspect in 1973 murder:

February 21, 2019


“‘Under settled law from the California Supreme Court, District Attorney Spitzer is barred from seeking the death penalty for a crime that was committed at a time when California did not have a valid death penalty,’ said Leif Dautch, vice chairman of the Criminal Law Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association.”