Chesa Boudin has won the hotly contested race for San Francisco District Attorney. Boudin had a lead of 8,465 votes in the latest results from the San Francisco Department of Elections.
Boudin, 39, is the son of anti-war radicals sent to prison for murder when he was a toddler. The former deputy public defender said, growing up with incarcerated parents motivated him to study law and reform the criminal justice system.
He declared victory Saturday night after four days of ballot counting established he was ahead of interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus. Loftus conceded defeat and promised to work to ensure a smooth and immediate transition.
Boudin said, in his tenure, he will tackle racial bias in the criminal justice system, overhaul bail system, protect immigrants from deportation, and pursue accountability in police misconduct cases.
Boudin’s parents were sent to prison when he was an infant for their role in an armed heist that left two police officers and a security guard dead.
His mother, Kathy Boudin, spent 22 years in jail, and his father, David Gilbert, remains in jail. Both were members of the far-left Weather Underground, which was active in the 1960s and 70s.
Boudin received support from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and writer and civil rights activist Shaun King.