FAIRFIELD — Longtime adversaries came together Monday on the steps of the Solano County courthouse, one of endorsing the other for the job of district attorney in the June election.
Veteran criminal defense attorney Denis Honeychurch, with his wife and school board member Judi Honeychurch, praised prosecutor Krishna Abrams, who filed papers Friday to run against her boss, District Attorney Donald A. du Bain.
“She has won the toughest cases, sticks to her guns and cares about the cases she prosecutes,” Honeychurch said of Abrams. “She is always honorable, ethical and fair.”
Abrams said that until very recently she had no intention of running against her boss, but that she received an outpouring from people in the community asking her to run in a race that she characterized as David v. Goliath.
Du Bain has extensive personal financial resources. He stepped into the job of district attorney unopposed in 2010 after loaning his campaign $100,000 before the end of the candidate filing period. More than $80,000 of that cash is still in his campaign coffers.
The noontime crowd of Abrams’ supporters was small, numbering about 50, but enthusiastic.
Unlike du Bain’s campaign kickoff in 2010, which was attended largely by prosecutors and District Attorney’s Office staff who were about to get a new boss, the crowd at Abrams’ kickoff was a diverse group with several of her coworkers, crime victims, defense lawyers and court staff on their lunch break.
Abrams, a Vacaville resident, told the crowd she is running because of a breakdown in trust with the District Attorney’s Office by the courts, the public and the legal community.
“The crime rate is up and the conviction rate is down,” Abrams said, pointing to the recent surge of violence in Fairfield’s Parkway Gardens as just one of the reasons she would focus on helping decrease crime in Solano’s communities.
“I’m not going to say I’m going to do the right thing. That’s just words. I am always going to do what is the right thing,” Abrams, a prosecutor since 1996, said wrapping up the brief event.
The California Deputy District Attorneys’ Association last year named Abrams the top prosecutor in the state for 2012.
Since there are only two candidates in the race, the one who garners the most votes in June wins.
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