For Immediate Release
EMILY's List Endorses Sharmin Bock for San Francisco District Attorney
Would Be Second Female San Francisco DA and First Iranian-American DA In History
WASHINGTON, D.C. --EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, today announced its endorsement of Sharmin Bock for San Francisco District Attorney. If elected, Bock would be only the second woman elected District Attorney in San Francisco history, following in the footsteps of current Attorney General, rising star in the Democratic Party and EMILY's List POP alum Kamala Harris.
"EMILY's List is thrilled to announce our endorsement of Sharmin Bock for San Francisco District Attorney,” said Jonathan Parker, Political Director of EMILY's List. "Sharmin's victory would make history as the first American of Iranian descent to serve as a District Attorney anywhere in the United States. She has the potential and the talent to inspire an even broader audience of women to consider political office.
"Sharmin's candidacy following in the footsteps of Kamala Harris illustrates the importance of having strong women in the pipeline ready to run for office up and down the ballot. EMILY's List is proud to endorse Sharmin Bock and we will be encouraging all our members across the nation to give her their support.”
As Assistant District Attorney for Alameda County for the last 22 years, Bock achieved an overall conviction rate of 95% and never lost a serious or violent felony trial. Bock appeared in over a thousand cases on behalf of the people of California.
"I am deeply honored to have earned the endorsement of EMILY's List,” said Bock. "With the support of the entire EMILY's List community I know we can continue the tradition of having a strong woman serve in the San Francisco's DA's office.”
A 40 year resident of San Francisco, Sharmin Bock has dedicated her life to public service. In 1989, Bock joined the Alameda County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney in charge of Special Operations and Policy Development. Throughout her 22-year career in the Alameda County District Attorney's office, Sharmin has had experience prosecuting almost every kind of serious and violent crime. She is a nationally recognized leader on human exploitation and trafficking, and on cutting edge criminal prosecutions including DNA cold cases. She has won awards for her work on sex trafficking and in 2010 the California State Legislature honored Sharmin as Woman of the Year.
In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 900,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 86 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 25 year history.