Graves concedes; Diana Becton likely Contra Costa’s first elected African-American, woman DA – The Mercury News

MARTINEZ — The high-ranking member of the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office who was running against the interim DA called her to concede Thursday, according to a letter released to his supporters.

The move by senior deputy district attorney Paul Graves means that Diana Becton is all but certain to become the next Contra Costa DA. Appointed last September, she is now the first African-American and first woman to be elected DA in the office’s roughly 160-year history.

Becton is a retired judge of 22 years, who touted support of bail reform and diversion programs for nonviolent offenders. She was appointed following the resignation and criminal prosecution of the former DA last year.

Graves’ concession follows an election update released Wednesday that showed Becton with 94,663…

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