Attorney General Candidate Statements

  • As the state’s chief law officer, ensures that state laws are enforced and investigates fraudulent or illegal activities.
  • Heads the Department of Justice, which provides state government legal services and representing the state in civil and criminal court cases.
  • Oversees law enforcement agencies, including county district attorneys and sheriffs.

Steven C. Bailey

Steven Bailey | REPUBLICAN

As a retired Judge of the California Superior Court, I know how to keep Californians safe from violent crime, which is now rising because of three dangerous laws passed in recent years—Propositions 47, 57 and AB 109. These dangerous experiments led to the early release of sex offenders, reduced the penalties for many offenses, and reduced or eliminated important tools used by judges to keep dangerous criminals—including gang members and repeat offenders—away from our homes and neighborhoods. Women, the elderly, and young people are increasingly the victims of violent crime—this must end. My first priority as Attorney General will be the safety and security of all Californians. That’s why crime victim advocates and law enforcement groups including Crime Victims United of CA, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, California Peace Officers Association, county sheriffs and district attorneys support me to be California’s next Attorney General. As a Superior Court Judge, I saw firsthand when the criminal justice system was working and now how it fails us. I know exactly what must be done to protect Californians from violent crime, including ensuring convicted felons no longer have access to firearms and restoring safety to every neighborhood. The Attorney General must be above partisanship. This isn’t about the Democrat answer or the Republican answer—it’s about the right answer to ensure every Californian can feel safe on the streets, at work and in their home. I would be honored to have your vote.

455 Capitol Mall, Suite 600
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 936-2448

Xavier Becerra

Xavier Becerra | DEMOCRATIC

As your Attorney General and chief law enforcement officer, I’m fighting—and winning—for Californians and our values. I’m taking on sex traffickers, the NRA, Big Oil, Big Banks and the Trump Administration. I’m prosecuting violent street gangs and taking thousands of guns off our streets. I’m fighting predatory for-profit colleges that steal from our students. I sued Trump—and won—to stop him from gutting our air quality protections and restricting women’s access to birth control. I’ve fought and won to protect the Dreamers—immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children. And, I’m in court protecting Californians’ right to health care. I fight these battles for Californians as the son of immigrants, the first in my family to graduate from a university, because all Californians deserve a chance to succeed. After law school, I worked as a legal aid attorney defending the mentally ill and then served as a Deputy Attorney General in the very office that I now lead. I then went to Congress to lead the fight to protect Social Security and Medicare. I’ve been fighting for California values all my life and I will never back down whether it’s sex traffickers, Big Oil, the NRA, or the Trump Administration. I’m proud to have earned the support of Governor Brown, the Democratic Party, Sierra Club California, Planned Parenthood, the California State Law Enforcement Association and California’s nurses, teachers and firefighters. I’d be honored to have your vote.

777 South Figueroa Street, Suite 4050
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tel: (213) 250-3400

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