Recalled SF DA Chesa Boudin won't run for reelection in November

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin speaks to supporters during an election-night event on June 07, 2022 in San Francisco, California.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin speaks to supporters during an election-night event on June 07, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – Recalled San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin says he will not run for the position again this fall.

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Boudin told the San Francisco Chronicle in June that he wouldn't rule out running for reelection, but the progressive prosecutor wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread on Thursday that he is "choosing to put my family first" and won't run this November.

Nearly 45% of registered San Francisco voters weighed in on Boudin's recall in June, with 55% voting to oust the 41-year-old before his term was set to end in 2023, as the district attorney bore the brunt of the blame from San Franciscans concerned about crime during COVID-19 pandemic.

Boudin was eligible to run for reelection this fall, when larger turnout and a wider field could've opened a path for Boudin to return to office.

More voters (100,177) cast ballots against the recall in June than those who voted for Boudin as their first choice (68,575) in the city's ranked choice election for the position in 2019. Almost 39% of registered San Francisco voters cast ballots for district attorney that year.

Boudin also offered sharp criticism of his successor, writing that he was "gravely concerned" about his former office's new direction.

Mayor London Breed appointed Jenkins, a former San Francisco prosecutor who left Boudin's office to join the recall campaign last fall, as the new district attorney. Jenkins fired a number of staffers shortly after her appointment last month, many of whom Boudin appointed.

She has also sought to distance the office from Boudin's policies, announcing on Wednesday that her office would revoke dozens of misdemeanor plea deals from suspected fentanyl dealers. Jenkins said she will run for reelection in November.

"We have heard no assurances that the successful programs we’ve implemented will continue, and indeed, we see worrying signs every day as progress is rolled back," Boudin wrote on Twitter, mentioning twice that Jenkins has been appointed rather than elected. He also didn't refer to her by name, nor did Jenkins about Boudin in a press release announcing the fentanyl pleas.

Jenkins' office declined to comment.

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