With the race for Solano County District Attorney beginning to take shape, money and supporters of the incumbent and his challenger, are beginning to pile up.
Various politicians, attorneys, education leaders and members of the law enforcement community have come out in support of either incumbent District Attorney Donald A. du Bain, or his challenger, veteran Deputy District Attorney Krishna Abrams, with some crossover. Management associations for law enforcement and public safety, as well as the county's largest employee union, the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, have largely come out in support of Abrams in recent weeks, while the rank and file prosecutors in the DA's office announced last week that they would endorse du Bain.
But the endorsements and financial contributions for each candidate have also come from a wide cross-section of community members, all the way up to members of congress.
Solano County voters will cast their votes for District Attorney in the June 3 primary election.
Du Bain has the support of much of the county's political establishment, including U.S. Rep Mike Thompson, D-Solano, Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, four county supervisors, all seven mayors and several current and past council members from Vacaville to Vallejo.
"Congressman Thompson has met with District Attorney du Bain and has spoken with him about his priorities for Solano County," Thompson spokesman Austin Vevurka said in an e-mail.
"Congressman Thompson believes that he has made Solano County a better, safer place as District Attorney."
Citing du Bain's efforts to build the Solano County Family Justice Center, Frazier said, "No one has done more in Solano County to reduce family violence and support its victims than District Attorney Don du Bain and I am honored to support his re-election."
Also endorsing du Bain is retired Solano County Superior Court Judge Paul Dacey, who served on the bench in Vallejo from 1979 to 2000. Du Bain was hired as a prosecutor in Solano County in 1993 and has served as district attorney since 2011.
"He's an attorney I was well acquainted with," said Dacey, a Vallejo resident. "I was impressed when he came aboard in the DA's office. He was always very competent, dedicated and well prepared."
Abrams was hired as a prosecutor in Solano County in 2000 and was named the 2012-2013 "Outstanding Prosecutor," award by the California District Attorneys Association, the top award representing 50 rural and medium counties throughout the state.
A notable supporter of Abrams is Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Solano. She has also received the endorsement of county Supervisor Skip Thomson.
"She has the respect of not only law enforcement and judges, but most important, her own colleagues. To be effective, a District Attorney must have that support to do a good job. Deputy District Attorney Abrams is the real deal. An effective prosecutor who fights for the victim and their families to get criminals off the streets and out of our neighborhoods. She will be an excellent District Attorney," Wolk said in a statement.
Rev. David C. Isom, pastor of St. Stephen CME Church in Fairfield and a Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District trustee, indicated Abrams would bring change to the way Solano County provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Solano County.
"She's proven herself to be a top notch prosecutor and proven herself to be an advocate for victim safety and offender accountability," Isom said.
Denis Honeychurch, widely regarded as one of the county's top defense attorneys and an early Abrams supporter, simply said, "I think she's the best candidate."
"She has the support of a broad range of people, from law enforcement to defense attorneys, which is unique in this type of election," Honeychurch said.
"Hopefully that will overcome the type of money that the opposition is going to pump into this race," he added.
When Abrams announced her candidacy on March 11, she acknowledged it would be challenging and likened it to "David vs. Goliath."
On the financial front, that is exactly how the DA's race is shaping up.
As far as his war chest goes, most of du Bain's contributions have come from himself. He's contributed $50,000 of his own money to his campaign in recent weeks, adding to the $76,000 he had remaining from a $100,000 loan to his campaign committee in 2010, according campaign finance reports.
He loaned himself a total of $4,000 in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Du Bain also raked in nearly $7,000 in individual campaign contributions during the mandatory reporting period of Jan. 1 through March 17. Some of his biggest contributors include Kirsten Bartok ($500); Fred Bray ($500); Cathy Canaday ($500); the law firm of Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell ($500); Debra Russo ($500); Spencer Sherrod ($250); and Stephen Hardy ($200).
Abrams on the other hand has not poured any of her own money into campaign coffers, and raised just over $4,000 during the reporting period ending March 17.
Her largest contributions came from Ryan Mahoney ($1,200); Denis Honeychurch ($1,000); Special Investigations Group, Inc. ($500); Mike Fernald ($200); David W. Paulson ($100); Shauna Chastain ($100); and Antoinette DuMont ($100).
The mailing of sample ballots is expected sometime around April 24. The next campaign finance reports are due by May 22.
Times-Herald Staff Writer Tony Burchyns contributed to this report.
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