Candidate District Attorney Contra Costa County California
Elle Falahat aspires to become the first ever-female district attorney for Contra Costa County. Furthermore, if elected, Falahat would be the first Iranian American ever to serve as District Attorney in the United States. According to her, "I'm running for this position because the time has come. I'm the only candidate in this race committed to changing the culture of the office to bring it into the 21st century."
Raised in Santa Clara, Elle Falahat had her sights set on working in the legal profession from an early age. She helped turn this dream into reality when she entered Lincoln University, school of law, after receiving her bachelor's degree from San Jose State University. It was during this period that Falahat took a volunteer job with the Santa Clara District Attorney's office and fell under the mentorship of District Attorney, Judge Sharon Chatman. She was later chosen to serve on the trial team in the Polly Klaas murder case. This historical trial ultimately led to the state of California establishing its "Three Strikes" law. Since then, Falahat has worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County District Attorney's offices and is currently running her own private practice.
Falahat’s campaign is focused on bringing reform to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office by addressing issues such as inefficient management, high staff turnover, and poor resource management. Greg Jacobs, lead prosecutor in the Polly Klaas case, as well as Ventura County District Attorney Michael Bradbury support her campaign.
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Prev. Occupation: Senior Technical Writer, General Electric
Residence: Danville, CA
Education: JD Lincoln University; BA, Philosophy & Computer Science, San Jose State University