Interim District Attorney Diana Becton is set to become Contra Costa County’s new DA for a full term.
On Thursday afternoon, Becton received a call from her competitor, Paul Graves, conceding the election and congratulating her on the win.
Unofficial results indicate that Becton has achieved over 50% of total votes and will avoid a November runoff election.
"I am honored and humbled to receive the support of over 50% of Contra Costa County voters, who have given me the opportunity to continue serving as your District Attorney for a full term. I pledge to represent you proudly, with integrity, and with a strong commitment to fairness and justice for all," Becton said in a statement.
“I want to say to all my supporters that your dedication to this campaign has been humbling and inspiring, and I complete this chapter knowing that I would do it all over again for the privilege of fighting the good fight alongside you all,” Graves said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “Now we must come together for the sake of Contra Costa residents who are counting on us to put politics aside for their benefit and safety. The campaign has ended, but our cause continues in our courtrooms every day.”
As of Wednesday the Contra Costa Elections Office still had 10,000 mail-in ballots to count and the county is currently doing its 1% manual tally in order to confirm results. While results have not been officially released, early indications point to Becton winning outright.
"As your elected District Attorney, I will continue to do more and be more for all of the residents of Contra Costa County. My door is open to work with community members from all walks of life who want to be part of a new day in Contra Costa County," Becton said.
"My gratitude for your support runs deep," she added. "I am thankful for each of you who were a part of our campaign -- our volunteers, our donors, everyone who held a sign or knocked on a door or told a friend or spread our message on social media. This victory is because of you."