Susan Etezadi Wins Judicial Election in California
San Francisco, CA - IAPAC Candidate, Deputy District Attorney Susan Irene Etezadi, claimed victory in Tuesday’s California Primary Elections to become the first American of Iranian descent to win election to the San Mateo County Superior Court.
“I am very grateful for the help and support I received from IAPAC and the Iranian American community in Northern California,” said Etezadi.
Final results showed Etezadi defeating her opponent, Lisa McGuire, by a margin of 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent. Etezadi’s campaign grabbed an early lead with the first absentee returns and never relinquished control of the race.
A first generation American of Iranian and Irish descent, Etezadi grew up in a diverse cultural home with a respect and appreciation for people from varied cultures and backgrounds. She lived in Iran as a child, was raised Catholic and attended an international school where she was exposed to people from all around the world.
Etezadi received her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis and graduated from University of San Diego Law School in 1983. For the past twenty-one years, she has been a resident of San Mateo County and a prosecutor for the County. Etezadi has spent her entire professional career in the courtroom. She has prosecuted 71 jury trials to date, 16 of which were homicide cases. In addition, she has conducted thousands of hearings and court trials.
To qualify for a judgeship to the Superior Court a person must have been a member of the State Bar for at least five years. Whenever a vacancy occurs between elections, the governor appoints someone to fill the office. Otherwise, candidates compete in nonpartisan races in June and November of even numbered years. If only one candidate runs in June, the election is automatic without the need for a vote. When two or more candidates run in June, anyone who gets more than 50 percent of the vote is declared elected. When no candidate gets over 50 percent, the top two compete in a run-off election in November.
Throughout the campaign, Etezadi emphasized her credentials and experience as one of San Mateo County’s most successful prosecutors. With key endorsements from the Sheriff of San Mateo County, Police Chiefs and Police Officer Associations, Etezadi was the law enforcement community’s choice in the judicial election. She ran a positive race with a professionalized mailing campaign targeting registered voters.
Etezadi will begin her tenure as San Mateo County Superior Court Judge on January 8, 2007.