David Onek says overtaking George Gascon in district attorney race unlikely

Candidate for district attorney David Onek, currently in second place behind George Gascón as ranked-choice voting tabulation begins Wednesday, issued a statement Wednesday morning acknowledging it was “unlikely” he would overtake the front-runner.

“While it is still mathematically possible that we could take the lead, it is in reality unlikely,” said Onek, a UC Berkeley professor of criminal justice and former San Francisco police commissioner, said in an email thanking his supporters.

Onek finished second in first-place votes to Gascón on Tuesday night, tallying 22.71 percent of the vote to Gascón’s 42.24 percent. Alameda County prosecutor Sharmin Bock was third, with 20.66 percent.

Because no candidate finished with at least 50 percent of the vote, elections officials will now tabulate second-place votes. Final results are expected in the next couple days.

Onek had campaigned on a progressive platform of reforming the criminal justice system from the outside. He was the only one of the three top finishers to rule out charging the death penalty outright, and said his primary focus as district attorney would be reforming the juvenile justice system.

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