George Gascón declares victory in DA race

George Gascón said Thursday he was “extremely honored” to have been elected district attorney of “the greatest city in the world.”

Gascón emerged the clear victor in his first election for public office, 11 months after San Francisco’s former police chief was, in a surprise move, appointed district attorney to replace now-Attorney General Kamala Harris.

“When I was a young kid in Cuba, I didn’t think I would ever, in my wildest dreams…be the district attorney in one of the largest, and in my opinion, the greatest city in the world,” Gascón told reporters outside of the Department of Elections.

Gascón, a lifelong Republican turned Democrat this year, said he thought his work as The City’s top prosecutor so far – focusing on tackling violent crime, removing low-level offenses from the courtroom, working with youth, improving victims’ services and creating neighborhood courts – resonated with voters.

He’s also The City’s first Latino district attorney.

“My parents are thrilled,” he said.

But Gascón said he was wary of being considered a typical politician.

“I think there is a healthy thing about democracy and politics, and running for office, I think, is honorable,” Gascón said. “But I hope that I will always keep myself really grounded, and at the end of the day, it’s really about public service. It’s not about getting to the next office or getting elected.”

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