For the first time in 20 there’s there is no incumbent in the race for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, and this race is a heated one.
“I’m very tired. But you know what? It’s kind of like being at mile 24 of the marathon,” DA candidate Anne Marie Schubert told FOX40 during a phone bank Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, her opponent Maggy Krell was out knocking on doors.
“I’m running hard. I promised myself a brand-new air of tennis shoes when this is over because these are pretty worn out,” Krell said, pointing to her grey and pink Nikes.
For all the similarities between these two women, in this final push to the polls it is the stark differences they’re emphasizing to voters.
“I have 24 years of doing this job – not just being in the court room for being a manager,” Schubert said.
In a race with no incumbent, Schubert is the closest thing to.
That had Krell starting out as an under-dog.
“I honestly feel like, since I’ve been in the race, I’ve been gaining ground. And at this point I’d say we’re neck-and-neck,” Krell said.
If Deputy Attorney General Krell is giving Schubert a run for her money, it’s partly because she’s been aggressively critical about how the DA’s office has been running. She points to salaries at the top of that office.
“What I said is that I will take a pay cut if I’m elected District Attorney. I think it’s pretty outrageous that the District Attorney would make more than the Attorney General and make more than the Governor,” Krell said.
Krell is also slammed the DAs office for going after too many minors in prostitution cases, saying juveniles are often as much victims themselves in those cases.
“I can guarantee that our office is very good on sex trafficking. We have one prosecutor who is solely dedicated to that. She has far more experience than Maggy Krell has in her entire career,” Schubert said.
But neither candidate is willing to say that this race is about experience versus new ideas.
Schubert is quick to say that she’s got plenty of new ideas for the office, while Krell points out she’s got plenty of time in a courtroom prosecuting crooks.
There will be a third attorney on the ballot for Sacramento County DA Tuesday. FOX40 called the offices of Todd Leras to ask if he would be involved in the story, but did not hear back by deadline.