Santa Clara County District Attorney Daniel Chung Joins District Attorney Race
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – A second challenger has entered the race for the Santa Clara County District Attorney (DA).
Last week, Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Chung formally filed documents to run in the 2022 parliamentary election.
“This is my home community, obviously I care very deeply about this community and how criminal justice policies and platforms affect our home community,” Chung said.
Chung is now the second challenger to run against current DA Jeff Rosen after longtime public defender Sajid Khan launched his campaign in August.
Rosen’s rise to DA came after he was elected in place of his boss, Dolores Carr, who held a term in 2010.
Rosen has since run unopposed in the 2014 and 2018 elections.
“DA [Jeff] Rosen has been here for over a decade and I think he’s lost touch, ”Chung said.
“I am on a platform for the restoration of justice and what this means is that I want a system where the criminal justice system can help restore not only the victims but the accused as well.”
native of South Bay
Chung, originally from Milpitas, attended Harvard and began his career as an attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office in New York City in the Gun Crime Unit.
In 2018, Chung joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for Domestic Violence Cases and served in the Violent Crime Unit.
“I have prosecuted thousands of cases and over the years have learned to interact directly with victims and witnesses, and to assess defendants holistically,” Chung said.
“We are of service to people and, at the end of the day, we need to put all of our effort, energy and talents into making sure that we are doing the right thing for our people. “
In search of change
Chung enters the race after being put on administrative leave in May after writing an unauthorized editorial expressing concerns about the rise in Asian hate crimes and criticism of the prosecutor’s office.
Chung told KRON4 News that he is keen to run for DA in order to also bring about the much-needed change the office needs to meet the internal challenges it currently faces.
“Recently, the courts have criticized our office significantly for not recognizing such fundamentals as conflicts of interest,” Chung said.
“I think a prosecutor is very different from any other type of politician because at the end of the day what we are looking for is truth and justice and when a prosecutor ultimately lacks integrity, ultimately lacks integrity. competence, ultimately pursues his personal interest more than the interest of the people, “Chung added.
“That is problematic.”