Jill Ravitch kicks off re-election campaign for D.A.'s office

  • Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch talks to supporters during a kick-off fundraiser for her re-election campaign at the Kendall Jackson Wine Center in Santa Rosa on Thursday night, June 13, 2013.
    (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Three years after voters chose her to be Sonoma County district attorney, Jill Ravitch launched her re-election campaign Thursday night, hosting a fundraiser attended by as many as 250 supporters that included elected officials and community leaders.

Ravitch, who defeated two-term incumbent Stephan Passalacqua in June 2010, got into campaign mode at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center in Santa Rosa, asking for four more years to expand her key initiatives to fight elder abuse, violence against women and mortgage fraud.

The 54-year-old Sebastopol resident said she's had a successful first term despite hurdles such as budget cuts and a statewide prison system overhaul that shifted responsibilities to counties. She pointed to endorsements by the five-member county Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Steve Freitas and various business and neighborhood interests as a sign of her widespread approval.

"I am looking forward to celebrating what has been an amazingly fast three years and talking about what lies ahead," Ravitch said before her campaign kickoff.

Freitas, who also is up for re-election, said he's had good communication and a "respectful relationship" with his law enforcement partner the past three years.

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