Paul Graves concedes Contra Costa DA race


MARTINEZ — Contra Costa County Senior deputy District Attorney Paul Graves on Thursday called the interim DA whose job he was running for to concede that she won the primary election, according to a letter released to his supporters.

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

Becton released a statement through her campaign Thursday thanking supporters and pledging to represent constituents “proudly, with integrity, and with a strong commitment to fairness and justice for all.”

“I am honored and humbled to receive the support of over 50 percent of Contra…

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