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Price, Wiley neck and neck in county district attorney race

Script flips once as tally updated daily

by Christian Trujano

Progressive civil rights attorney Pamela Price took her first lead in the Alameda County district attorney race after previously trailing behind her opponent, longtime county prosecutor Terry Wiley, according to Tuesday's updated election results.

Price stood ahead in the election with 50.40% (129,037 votes) to Wiley's 49.60% (127,002 votes), as of the latest update before the Weekly's press time. The newcomer's lead was 2,035 with results updates due daily through at least this week by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office.

Price took to Twitter in celebration on Tuesday night as she pulled ahead in the race for the first time, writing "MADAM DA!! GOD IS GOOD!"

Wiley, chief deputy DA for the county, first took a slim lead over Price on Election Night at 51.68% to 48.32%. Monday's election results update showed Wiley maintaining a lead with 51.52% of votes to Price's 48.48%, but Price still remained hopeful.

"Today's news is inspiring for Alameda County," Price said in a tweet after Monday night's election update, which inched her closer to Wiley's lead. "As we expected, my opponent's lead is dwindling and we are confident that when all the ballots have been counted, I will be elected the next DA of Alameda County."

According to the county's election data, the total tally of voter turnout countywide was 31.31%, including vote-by-mail ballots processed thus far and votes cast in-person. The total number of cast ballots that were recorded as of Tuesday is 291,508.

There is, however, still a chance for Wiley to change the narrative as the county will continue to release daily updated numbers until the results are finalized. Election certification is due by Dec. 8.

"I am grateful to see so much support for addressing public safety from every direction and I thank every voter who cast a ballot in this election," Wiley told the Weekly before Tuesday's election result update. "We know this will be a long count and we appreciate all of the election workers focusing every day on making sure every ballot is counted accurately."

The contest for district attorney was wide open this year with current District Attorney Nancy O'Malley not seeking reelection in favor of retirement from public office.

The district attorney oversees more than 150 attorneys whose job is to prosecute all criminal, civil and juvenile cases in the county. They also set policy on jail and prison time and how much incarceration time should be given for cases related to drug use or mental illness. They also investigate and decide whether or not to criminally charge law enforcement officers accused of misconduct.

Price comes from a background of running her own private practice in civil rights litigation for roughly 30 years. She has advocated for criminal justice reform that focuses on alternatives to incarceration such as jail diversion and restorative justice programs for young offenders.

Wiley, who has worked for the county's DA Office since 1990 and has served in several prosecuting units, is also currently the director of the DA office's new Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which is focused on tackling crime while making sure justice is carried out fairly.

Price and Wiley -- one of whom will become the first Black district attorney in Alameda County history -- were the frontrunners during the primary election in June, which ended with Price in the lead with 43.23% of the vote among four on the ballot.

Price said on Twitter that she is grateful for her campaign team and is thankful for all the votes she received, but noted that it is still not over.

"There are still many more ballots to be counted, and in areas that I know we did well in getting our message out," Price said on Monday's Twitter post.


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