SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The District Attorney for the county of Sacramento, Anne Marie Schubert, announced Monday that she will run for California Attorney General. Schubert rose to prominence nationwide for her prosecution efforts in the case of the Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo.
Schubert will seek to oust newly confirmed AG Rob Bonta, who took up office after being nominated by Gavin Newsom following Xavier Becerra’s promotion to the Biden cabinet. She will run under an independent ticket after distancing herself from the Republican platform in 2018, and if confirmed, will become the first openly gay state attorney general.
In a speech given Monday, Schubert, who is pro-death penalty, declared her opposition to “rogue prosecutors”, doubling down on her “tough-on-crime” approach, which she contrasted with the policies of reform-focused DAs like Chesa Boudin and George Gascon. Schubert said the reform-based policies were “wreaking havoc on crime victims and public safety.”
“Countless victims across this state are being abandoned by the very people that we have entrusted to support them and to protect them.” Schubert said. “Each and every Californian is being impacted.”
Schubert has come under fire for her refusal to prosecute police officers accused of excessive force, including the officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark in 2018.
Clark’s older brother, Stevante, hosted a live stream calling for the recall of Schubert following her announcement.
“This is the same District Attorney who’s received over $250,000 in her entire tenure as District Attorney from police unions,” Stevante said. “You gotta be kidding me. She does not represent the fights, the rights, and the causes of the people.”
Schubert will face off against Bonta and Republican Nathan Hochman, with election slated for November 8, 2022.