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This past February 10th, George Gascon and Rachel Rossi faced each other to make their case to succeed current Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who declined the opportunity to meet with voters despite repeated invitations.

George Gascon Rachel Rossi

Moderating the evening was Michelle White, a long-time housing rights activist and member of both the ACLU of Southern California's Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and the League of Women Voters-Pasadena Area, which cosponsored district attorney event along with the LA Progressive.

Filmmaker and president of the Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, Paloma Nafarrate, filmed the discussion.

A lively conversation ensued with most of the questions coming from audience members. Every effort was made to provide an even-handed discussion, with both candidates given ample opportunity to present their positions on this critical race. After the debate, the candidates and their representatives were invited to meet directly with audience members, which they did.

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Unless one of the three candidates more than half the votes in the March 3rd primary, the two top finishers will have face a runoff in the November election. So one—or possibly—both Gascon and Rossi will come before voters again.

We invite you to comment on their discussion and, please, make sure you vote by next Tuesday, March 3rd

"The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is the nation’s largest local prosecutorial agency by far. Its caseload, together with L.A.’s position as a capital of innovation and a breeding ground for political movements, put the L.A. D.A.’s office in a position to influence justice policy not just here but throughout California and, arguably, around the nation.

Practices established in L.A. may well set the course for dealing with homelessness, mental health care, policing and public safety everywhere.

That makes a strong case to be made that aside from the presidential race, the most important item before voters in 2020 will be the race for L.A. County D.A."—Los Angeles Times