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Jackson, Lacey vie for L.A. District Attorney [Google+ hangout]

November 5, 2012 |  1:01 pm

Times reporter Abby Sewell will join city editor Shelby Grad at 2 p.m. for a Google+ hangout to discuss the race for Los Angeles District Attorney, the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation.

In her latest story, Sewell wrote that candidates Alan Jackson and Jackie Lacey are a study of opposites in many ways, but came from similar backgrounds:

Alan Jackson, 47, assistant head of the district attorney's major crimes unit, is a white, male Republican and a Texas-raised Air Force veteran who once dreamed of being a fighter pilot. He has a penchant for sports cars and a flair for the limelight.

Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, 55, is a Democrat and would be the first woman and first African American to hold the office. Soft-spoken and low-key, she once planned to be a grade school teacher.

Yet the two sprang from similar backgrounds, raised by hardworking, blue collar parents with little formal education


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Photo: Los Angeles' district attorney candidates Alan Jackson, left, and Jackie Lacey have hardworking, blue-collar family backgrounds. Credit: Los Angeles Times