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Prosecutor Says She’s Running For Steve Cooley’s Job

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — We’re not even into 2011, but already the races for 2012 have started. Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers announced Thursday she will run for Los Angeles County District Attorney in 2012.

Meyers has been a deputy district attorney for 24 years, including working in the Career Criminal Unit, the Special Trials Division of the Van Nuys Branch Office and the Crimes Against Peace Officers Unit.

Meyers said if elected, she would make many changes to the juvenile justice system and develop community outreach projects aimed at reducing violent crimes and drug-related offenses.

District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a Dec. 1 news conference he would consider running for a fourth term if there are no qualified candidates or if some “undeserving and unworthy” contenders appeared likely to win.

If elected, Meyers would be the first woman and first black Los Angeles County D.A.

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