Election parties have ended and it looks like Lisa Smittcamp will likely be the new Fresno County District Attorney starting in January. She's already preparing for the future of the DA's office. Smittcamp says first up is repairing relationships and promises changes starting on her first day.
Smittcamp has a considerable lead over incumbent Elizabeth Egan in the race for Fresno County District Attorney. Smittcamp holds 58% of the votes and Egan holds 41%.
"The attrition rate was so high; the morale was so low;that the inefficiencies of the DA's office were actually affecting public safety," Smittcamp says.
Smittcamp says those claims helped motivate her to run.
"If there weren't so many managerial issues going on inside the DA's office; I'd still be sitting at my desk," Smittcamp says.
Smittcamp announced her candidacy last fall. She quickly raised more money than incumbent Elizabeth Egan in one of the most expensive races in Fresno County ever. Smittcamp also picked up key endorsements including one from Fresno City Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
"I have never felt more right about something I have been able to be a part of," Chief Dyer says.
Smittcamp says you can expect to still see her in court even though her role is changing.
"It's like having a police chief that's never been a patrolman or refuses to participate in that kind of stuff," Smittcamp says, "You sort of lose your edge I think if you forget here you came from."
Egan has not yet conceded the race to Smittcamp. There are also still votes to be counted. We've reached out to Egan to get her reaction to the election results but she hasn't returned messages.
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