On the back of the surprising endorsement of Sheriff Laurie Smith’s challenger Richard Calderon, Mayor Chuck Reed made the less shocking decision to back District Attorney Dolores Carr in her bid for re-election. As he did when endorsing Calderon, he cited her work with the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. “She’s been personally engaged in the issues. She doesn’t just send someone to the meeting who sits there and does nothing,” he says.
Of her opponent, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Reed says they met briefly, but beyond that he did not have a great deal to say—either negative or positive. “He seemed OK to me,” Reed says. “It’s hard to judge somebody’s character on a half-hour meeting. I like to work with people. I just have no history with Jeff Rosen.”
Carr and Reed have also worked together on the DA’s Parent Project, which targets the parents of at-risk teens for parenting classes, and stood together against the expansion of access to police reports, a highly criticized move at the time. “It was a principled position for her to be in and I appreciate the effort she made on that,” says Reed.
Carr says she received the news late Wednesday. “I really appreciate his recognition of the need for community leaders to collaborate. If we don’t work together, we just can’t get things done especially in these tough budgetary times,” she says.