By now, you’ve surely heard about the exciting prospects for the Democratic Party in the 2018 midterms. It seems likely that a blue wave of epic proportions is coming to the U.S. House of Representatives, one powerful enough to halt Donald Trump’s legislative agenda for the final two years of his presidency, if he makes it that far.
But 2018 holds promise for progressives outside of the House as well. Oft-overlooked are state and local races. While perhaps not as exciting for some as the congressional midterms, these races are key to preventing Trump’s agenda on state and local levels, and even pursuing progressive reforms that Democrats have no ability to enact in Congress until 2021 at the earliest.
In the face of Attorney General Jeff Sessions reshaping the Department of Justice into a draconian “tough-on-crime” war machine, District Attorney elections are of the utmost importance. And while one might assume that blue districts all have progressive District Attorneys, the reality is far grimmer. Though Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in San Diego County by a whopping 17 points, California District Attorneys have opposed almost all criminal justice reform efforts, even when they are overwhelmingly supported by the people.
That’s what makes Geneviéve Jones-Wright’s candidacy so important. Geneviéve, who has served as Public Defender for the County of San Diego since 2006, is now running for San Diego District Attorney to “use the law to help those who are vulnerable and oppressed.”
Geneviéve Jones-Wright joined Jordan Valerie on the podcast to discuss how her background inspired her to go into criminal justice work, why our criminal justice system disproportionately targets marginalized bodies, and her radical ideas for criminal justice reform.