Mary Knox issues statement on out-of-state spending in Contra Costa district attorney race

California Justice & Public Safety PAC’ with major funding from George Soros netted over $400,000 in spending to influence voters in 2022 Contra Costa DA race

MARTINEZ, CA – In light of recently reported contributions from an out-of-state PAC funded by George Soros, Contra Costa District Attorney candidate Mary Knox released the following statement:

“An out-of-state billionaire is now spending hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to sway voters and drown out the voices of local donors in the race for the district attorney,” said Mary Knox, assistant district attorney and candidate for district attorney, “Our grassroots campaign has resonated deeply with Contra Costa voters who want our DA to focus on restoring security and reducing crime. It’s clear that my campaign had a impact that is now driving out-of-state spending in this race. I remain focused on ensuring our message reaches voters across our county.”

Mary Knox was a prosecutor in the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office for 37 years and has extensive trial experience. Knox has earned the endorsement of all county law enforcement agencies, as well as state and local organizations such as the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, PORAC, California Narcotics Officers Association, and California Gang Investigators Association . Mary advanced social justice while preventing crime in Contra Costa County. She brought anti-bias training to the district attorney’s office and fought to end discrimination against women at the Contra Costa County district attorney’s office.

Mary Knox and the incumbent are the only candidates up for election as district attorney. Since this election will be won by simple majority, the election of the next Contra Costa County District Attorney will be determined by the votes cast on June 7, 2022.

Biography of Mary Knox:

Mary Knox has dedicated her life to making Contra Costa County safer. For over 37 years, Mary has been an experienced prosecutor and advocate for victims of crime. As lead prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office, Mary won high-profile trials against some of the most notorious criminals in Contra Costa County history. She has worked to dismantle the criminal gangs that have attacked our most disadvantaged communities, and she has been committed to a significant reduction in violence by instituting effective strategies to reduce crime and prosecute violent criminals. To discourage shootings on freeways, she got $3.5 million for freeway security cameras. She brought in $3.5 million in federal funding to fight sex trafficking. And, after the recent armed robberies, Mary came up with a three-point plan to hold organized crime syndicates accountable and prevent future crimes.

Born and raised in Walnut Creek, Mary Knox attended UCLA and then Pepperdine Law School. While in law school, Mary worked as a legal assistant in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the Sexual Assault Unit and in a second internship in the Juvenile Unit. Once Mary graduated from law school, she returned home and worked as a prosecutor at the Contra Costa County District Attorney for the past 37 years while raising her son, Darien, as a single mother.

Key approvals (for a complete list, visit

  • Crime Victims United
  • Police Officer Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • California Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA)
  • California Association of Correctional Peace Officers
  • Central Coast Gang Investigators Association
  • National Association of Latino Police Officers – Contra Costa County NLPOA Advocacy Chapter
  • China-American Political Association (CAPA) PAC
  • Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston
  • Mitchell Celaya III, Calistoga Police Chief
  • Retired San Pablo Police Chief Douglas Krathwal
  • Joseph Aida, retired police chief of San Pablo
  • Walt Schuld, retired San Pablo Police Chief
  • John Moore, retired Pleasant Hill Police Chief
  • Dan Lawrence, retired Clayton Police Chief
  • Former Contra Costa Community College District Police Lieutenant Tom Holt
  • Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Contra Costa District Attorney’s Investigators Association
  • El Cerrito Police Association
  • Hercules Police Association
  • Martinez Police Association
  • Oakley Police Association
  • Pinole Police Association
  • Pittsburgh Police Association
  • Pleasant Hill Police Association
  • San Ramon Police Association
  • Antioch Police Association
  • BART Police Officers Association
  • Brentwood Police Association
  • Richmond Police Association
  • San Pablo Police Employees Association
  • Clayton Police Association
  • Concord Police Officers Association
  • East Bay Regional Parks Police Officers Association
  • Walnut Creek Police Association