Ousted San Francisco DA will not seek return to office in November

"I am choosing to put my family first," he said

Updated: August 4, 2022 - 3:21pm

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Former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced Thursday that he would not seek to regain his position in November after previously mulling such a bid.

Boudin, whom San Francisco residents ousted in a recall vote in early June, previously hinted that he would launch a campaign to reclaim his position in the November general election.

The progressive prosecutor earned the ire of his constituents over his lax attitude to law enforcement, declining to prosecute a slew of quality of life crimes, and offering lenient plea deals for more serious offenders. The city, in turn, witnessed a dramatic rise in crime which included rampant shoplifting and looting.

"I am choosing to put my family first: I will not be running for office in 2022," Boudin wrote on Twitter. In a string of posts, he explained that developments in his personal life, including his father's release from prison and his son's growth, motivated his decision.

His replacement, meanwhile, has presented a stark contrast to Boudin during her time in office so far. Mayor London Breed replaced Boudin with Brooke Jenkins, who resigned from Boudin's office and supported his recall. She has since revoked 30 plea deals Boudin negotiated in drug-related cases and pursued stricter law enforcement policies.

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