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Election: ‘22: Sac County DA candidate Mathews speaks about gun violence, incarceration | News

Alana Mathews, a former Sacramento County attorney running for the county in the June election, recently spoke about the main issues in her campaign.

She and her opponent, Thien Ho, are looking to succeed current Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, who announced last year that she will run for California Attorney General.

Among the problems Mathews identified as most important to her is the reduction of gun violence.

“Getting guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them (it’s a priority),” he said.

The candidate stressed that this issue is also associated with domestic violence.

“You see that often violence is in the news where it’s related to women or women are the targets, and crime is related to that,” she said. “And I’ll say I’m a survivor of that, so I understand what it’s like.”

Mathews also shared his thoughts on incarceration.

“I firmly believe that there was only one main tool in the Sacramento County prosecutor’s office and that is incarceration,” he said. “I don’t think we can imprison our path to security. So we can’t just react to the crime by being in the courtroom. We have to have prevention and intervention strategies.”

He added that he is interested in diversion programs for low-level criminals.

Mathews mentioned that his decision to run for the DA seat was based on his feeling that Sacramento County was going in the “wrong direction.”

“You can see what we’re seeing today, in that crime, you show the news and you see the headlines, someone stabbed or shot,” he said.

It is also a priority for Mathews to hold violent and serious offenders accountable to the fullest extent of the law, he noted.

“I want my community to be as safe as everyone else,” he said.

She told Citizen that two difficult life experiences helped her prepare for her DA seat candidacy.

Mathews mentioned that he grew up in Gary, Indiana, “one of the murder capitals of this country.” She recalled being approached by several young men while attending a high school in Muncie, Indiana.

“(They) called me the word N and the word B,” said Mathews, who is Black.

Mathews also said that when she was 14, she and some of her friends were shot dead.

“They just sprayed bullets in our direction and we all fell immediately and no one was injured,” he said. “It just emphasized to me how important it was to be really out of trouble and stay in my books, and that’s what I did.”

Matthews noted that she attended Selma College, a private arts college for historically black women, where she graduated as an honors student and met her now ex-husband, who is the father of her three children.

In the mid-1990s, Mathews moved to Sacramento, where her then-husband grew up and served as a youth pastor.

As a stay-at-home mom, Mathews attended Sacramento McGeorge Law School during the evenings. In 2003 she obtained her doctorate in Juris and her master’s degree in Law, both from that institution.

With her educational background and internships at that school, Mathews was hired by Sacramento County as a DA deputy.

She spent eight years in that position before being recruited to establish the California Energy Commission’s enforcement unit.

Mathews was later appointed to that committee by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013. Brown was reappointed to the post in 2016.

Three years later, she was appointed by the speaker’s office as chief consultant to a legislative committee at the State Capitol.

In his run for the district attorney’s seat, Mathews noted that he continues to have growing support.

His supporters include the Sacramento County Democratic Party, the Sacramento Central Labor Council, and Secretary of State Dra. Shirley Nash Weber, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and Cosumnes Community Service District directors Rod Brewer and Orlando Fuentes.

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