County District Attorney O'Malley, appointed to office, to seek election to post

With 25 years as prosecutor, she won supervisors' appointment to succeed retiring DA Orloff last September

Nancy O'Malley filed papers yesterday to put her name on the June 8 ballot for election as Alameda County District Attorney, the position she was appointed to fill last September when long-time D.A. Tom Orloff retired.

With her appointment by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, O'Malley became the first female District Attorney in the history of the office.

O'Malley served as an Alameda County prosecutor for 25 years and prosecuted thousands of felony cases from child sexual assault to murder before being promoted to Chief Assistant District Attorney under Orloff. Last year, she prosecuted the case against three defendants on a crime spree, which included the shooting of Christopher Rodriguez, the 10 year old boy who was shot and paralyzed while taking his piano lesson in Oakland.

"I am committed to the pursuit of justice and that is why I am running," O'Malley said. "Over the course of my career, I have worked tirelessly on behalf of victims of crime. I am proud to be a nationally recognized expert on the advancement of victims' rights and have successfully changed laws to expand the rights of victims."

O'Malley led the creation of the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC), a one-stop shop for victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse as well as child abuse and sexual, commercial exploitation of minors.

Most recently, she introduced H.E.A.T. Watch, a multi-tiered program designed to protect and rescue minors who are victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

According to O'Malley's Website (, she has the support of the employees of the District Attorney's Office, the Sheriff, Chiefs of Police, victims' rights groups, civil leaders and legislators, as well as former Alameda County District Attorneys

"I am proud to lead an active office of hundreds of dedicated employees," O'Malley said in announcing her candidacy. "I look forward to campaigning throughout the county to ensure all county residents are familiar with our many services and programs."

Ms. O'Malley is married and lives in the city of Alameda.

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Posted by bob 123
a resident of another community
on Mar 9, 2010 at 8:15 am

Excellent choice, hard worker,a wealth of experience, great leadership skills, committed to excellence in public service, a champion of victim's rights and a no nonsense attitude that makes her the best choice for the poistion!I rarely find public officals that I can not only like but can trust and Nancy is one of the few who I would trust to consistently make the right choice in virtually every situation--okay so she is not perfect but she is the best person for the job!

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Posted by Teri McGill
a resident of Mission Park
on Mar 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I grew up with the O'Malley's in Danville. Two of Nancy's sisters have been my best friends for over 35 years. I remain close with all of the O'Malley's to this day. Nancy is and will be the best person for District Attorney of Alameda County. I have watched her work her entire adult life to ensure the rights of crime victims. She will be tough on the bad guys and will continue to support victims of violent crimes with all that she has. A perfect choice for Alameda County.

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Posted by Norcalnative17
a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Good article. Nancy will continue the tradition of outstanding Alameda County District Attorneys going all the way back to Earl Warren.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Mar 11, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Her hair and makeup are horrible. She needs a major makeover.

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