From radical roots, Chesa Boudin seeks to become San Francisco's top prosecutor

Chesa Boudin was a model of understatement as he sat across the table inside a high-end Spanish bistro. Dark suit, white shirt, nondescript royal blue tie.

A recent email announcing his candidacy for San Francisco district attorney was similarly understated, referring to the “unique background” he brings to the contest to become the city’s chief prosecutor.

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A progressive candidate files for DA, opening up the 2019 race

Chesa Boudin, a deputy public defender whose life has been shaped by the criminal justice system, offers a new perspective in a campaign dominated by tough-on-crime candidates.

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Chesa Boudin, son of imprisoned radicals, looks to become SF district attorney

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Chesa Boudin’s world has never been free from the American criminal justice system.

When he was just over a year old, his parents — left-wing radicals in the Weather Underground — took part in a Brinks armored car robbery outside New York City that ended in the murder of two police officers and a security guard.

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SAN FRANCISCO DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER CHESA BOUDIN ANNOUNCES RUN FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY

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In a wide-ranging interview, Boudin, a progressive reform candidate, told The Appeal he wants to redefine ‘public safety’ to encompass the rights of both victims and defendants.

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Public Defender Chesa Boudin Joins District Attorney Race

Former Police Commission President Suzy Loftus now has a serious competitor in the race for San Francisco district attorney. Deputy Public Defender Chesa Boudin filed papers at the Department of Elections today, kicking off what is sure to be a heated, issue-driven sprint toward the November 2019 election.

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Deputy public defender jumps into race for SF district attorney

Most candidates to become San Francisco’s next top prosecutor are lining up to the right of outgoing District Attorney George Gascon, but not one contender who jumped into the race Tuesday.

Deputy Public Defender Chesa Boudin, who helped lead efforts to reform the cash bail system in California last year, became the first candidate with the support of the progressive establishment to enter the race Tuesday.

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