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Contra Costa CountyCandidate for District Attorney

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Paul Graves

Supervising District Attorney
82,636 votes (41.87%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protect public safety
  • Put crime victims first
  • Lead the Office of the District Attorney ethically and with integrity while making the necessary reforms to better serve the community.



Profession:Supervising District Attorney
Senior Deputy District Attorney, Contra Costa County (1995–current)


University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law Juris Doctorate, Law (1995)
Loyola Marymount Unversity Bachelor of Arts, History (1991)


Paul Graves is a veteran 22 year Contra Costa prosecutor and victims’ advocate who was nominated for Prosecutor of the Year and received the Victim/Witness Award for Outstanding Service to Victims of Crime. Dedicated to fighting for crime victims and keeping our communities safe, he’s endorsed unanimously by Contra Costa’s local law enforcement associations, firefighters, and the Contra Costa District Attorneys’ Association.

Paul Graves has prosecuted over 70 jury trials including gun violence, homicides, sexual assaults, and gang violence. He’s a recognized leader in fighting human trafficking of women and children. The East Bay Times praised his “strong moral compass” standing up to corruption.

Child victims’ advocate Marc Klaas: “Paul Graves is the clear choice for PROTECTING CHILDREN. He brings decades of experience prosecuting human trafficking, sexual assault and child homicides.”

The Contra Costa District Attorneys’ Association endorsement: “Paul Graves is UNIQUELY QUALIFIED and READY TO LEAD, having supervised the Homicide and Family Violence units with distinction – two of the toughest units in the DA’s office.”

The Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and Police Officers’ Associations of Richmond, Concord, Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, Clayton, Antioch, Brentwood, Pleasant Hill: “We're  UNITED in endorsing Paul Graves. Protecting Contra Costa communities requires the EXPERIENCED JUDGEMENT and 24/7 WORK ETHIC that only Paul Graves brings as a veteran prosecutor.”

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • East Bay Times Editorial Board
  • Child Victim Advocate Marc Klaas
  • United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230

Organizations (26)

  • Walnut Creek Police Association
  • San Ramon Police Officers' Association
  • San Pablo Police Employees' Association
  • Richmond Police Officers' Association
  • Pittsburg Police Officers' Association
  • Pinole Police Officers' Association
  • Pleasant Hill Police Officers' Association
  • Peace Officers' Researh Association
  • Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorneys' Association
  • Oakley Police Officers' Association
  • Orinda Police Department (CCCSO)
  • Moraga Police Officers' Association
  • Martinez Police Officers' Association
  • Lafayette Police Department (CCCSO)
  • Hercules Police Officers' Association
  • El Cerrito Police Association
  • East Bay Regional Parks Police Association
  • Danville Police Department
  • Contra Costa County Probation (CCCSO)
  • Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
  • Concord Police Officers' Association
  • Clayton Police Officers' Association
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Officers' Association
  • Brentwood Police Officers' Association
  • Antioch Police Officers' Association

Elected Officials (27)

  • Assemblywoman Lynne Leach (ret.)
  • Walnut Creek Mayor Justin Wedel
  • Walnut Creek Councilmember Loella Haskew
  • State Senator and Contra Costa County Sheriff Richard Rainey (ret.)
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board Member Greg Marvel
  • San Ramon Valley unified School District Clerk Denise Jennison
  • San Pablo City Councilman Rich Kinney
  • Pleasant Hill City Councilmember Sue Noak
  • Pleasant Hill City Councilman Ken Carlson
  • Pittsburg Vice Mayor Sal Evola
  • Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder
  • Lafayette City Councilman Cam Burks
  • Judge Michael Phelan (ret.)
  • Judge William Kolin (ret.)
  • Hercules City Councilman Dan Romero
  • Danville Vice Mayor Robert Storer
  • Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich
  • Contra Costa County District Attorney Gary Yancey (ret.)
  • Contra Costa County District Attorney Robert Kochly (ret.)
  • Clayton Mayor Pete Laurence (ret.)
  • Clayton City Councilmember Julie Pierce
  • Clayton City Councilmember David Shuey
  • Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen
  • Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor
  • BART Director, District 1, Debora Allen
  • Assemblywoman Catharine Baker

Individuals (1)

  • Human Trafficking Advocate Louise Reeves

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Keeping Communities Safe

First, and foremost, people need to feel safe and be safe.  The main roles of the District Attorney’s Office are to prevent and prosecute crime.  It’s not about politics.  I have the experience and institutional knowledge to put the correct people in supervisory positions who are qualified, capable, and share my proactive approach to assisting law enforcement and serving the community. We will continue to hire and train the best prosecutors and change the culture of the office away from reactionary prosecution to a more proactive, crime strategies office.  We must continue to be vigilant with our longstanding commitment to end gang violence.  People should not be afraid on our freeways or in their homes.  As we look for innovative alternative methods of increasing safety in our community, we must think outside the box for new ways of combating this persistent problem.

Putting Victims First

I will modernize the office by shifting priorities and resources towards a more “victim-centered” approach.  To more effectively serve the community, we need to have more direct interaction between assigned prosecutors and the victims throughout the duration of the case. It is our obligation to 1) educate law enforcement on appropriate handling of cases and ensure that all victims are treated with dignity and respect; 2) work within our office and with community partners to create preventive programs and provide victim support services; and 3) proactively go out into the community to educate residents, increase awareness, encourage appropriate intervention, and change the culture of victim blaming.


An essential part of my philosophy of victim-centered prosecution will be our approach to human trafficking. Human trafficking is a serious problem in our community and this modern day slavery cannot be tolerated. Because this issue has not received adequate attention, I have been working to strengthen our efforts by educating law enforcement and creating systems that target the trafficking market and provide services for exploited persons.


Reforming and Restoring Integrity


As District Attorney I will take a good hard look at our organizational structure that has been largely the same for 22 years.  Because of my intimate knowledge of our office, I am confident I can identify ways to more effectively, efficiently, and fairly serve the public.  My work has shown me that diverse communities in the county have unique issues and concerns.  The District Attorney must be visible and accessible to all of these groups. As District Attorney, I would recommend holding meetings or forums with community groups, concerned citizens and law enforcement in the same room. Through a respectful exchange of ideas and concerns, we can work towards a common ground that furthers everyone’s joint interest in keeping the community safe, addressing concerns of bias, deterring future crime, and rehabilitating those who have entered the criminal justice system. As District Attorney, my door will be open as much as possible to our community to address concerns and explain the decision making process. After all, how can we represent “The People” if we don’t listen to them?

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