Jeff Rosen edges out Dolores Carr in DA race

Challenger in hard-fought campaign takes lead early election night as glacially slow returns are announced

Challenger Jeff Rosen narrowly defeated Santa Clara County incumbent District Attorney Dolores Carr Tuesday in an election night marked by excruciatingly slow election results. The final tally wasn't announced until just past 2 a.m.

Throughout the night, scores of supporters at election-night parties in south San Jose talked among themselves as results were projected -- unchanging for long periods -- on screens.

But Rosen took an early lead of about 1,600 votes, which grew incrementally during the evening until the final count was announced by the county registrar of voters at 2:03 a.m.

Rosen had amassed 91,837 votes, or 50.61 percent of the votes, to Carr's 89,620 votes, or 49.39 percent -- giving Rosen a 2,217 lead, the largest of the night.

Carr was gracious in defeat as the totals showed a widening lead for Rosen in the last announcements.

"We ran an honest and honorable campaign," she said. "I'm proud of the support we have had, and I'm proud of accomplishments we've made as I've been DA."

Rosen, in a written statement, said the election is not just about him but about broader issues, including justice.

"Tonight, my friends, we have turned a new page in the history of our District Attorney's Office!" Rosen said in the statement. "Together, we have started a new chapter. Tonight, we have spoken with the people of this county, and together, loudly and clearly, we have said one word: justice.

"And as long as I serve as this county's District Attorney, that word will be our guide, our inspiration, and our hallmark. Because only through a just process, and a justice-oriented approach, can we achieve just results.

Rosen said "people frequently asked me why I was running for District Attorney. My wife Amber often asked me the same question the last several months, and with good reason.

"We're all excited about the election, excited about what just happened. But what just happened is relatively small compared to what we have to look forward to. It's a new paradigm, a new ideology that is going to drive our top law enforcement office in this county," he pledged.

Rosen particularly thanked the deputy district attorneys who supported his candidacy in spite of the potential harm it might do their careers in the future, saying that took real courage.


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Posted by J. Chan
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

Congratulations to Mr. Jeff Rosen your bravery and integrity earned my vote! Now lets bring Jay Boyarsky back to North County!

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Posted by Rick F.
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

Congratulations, Jeff on a well-deserved victory. And the incredibly small margin of victory, nearly 2,000 votes out of a couple hundred thousand, should remind us all that every vote does indeed matter.

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Posted by Theresa S.
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

Yay, for Jeff Rosen! [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by Big Al
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

Way to go people!
Does this mean we won't be seeing her sweet smile in the papers?
Boo Hoo.

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Posted by Hoppy Changey
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:44 am

I hoppy there is a big change and Mr Rosen will aggressively target the criminals that Delores failed to bring to justice under the 3 strikes law. I am very tired of the convicted felon class getting off. This is a change will all need.

Congratulation Mr. Rosen, now go get them!

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Posted by confused
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 9, 2010 at 11:05 am

Are you all sure this race is over. Did Carr really concede?

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Posted by Justice
a resident of Terman Middle School
on Jun 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I hope that the new DA is more just and will not use his power to abuse other citizens and to further his own goals. I also wish he will stop the corruption of the Santa Clara county's police officers and the employees at the DA's office.

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Posted by Ellison
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Way to go Jeff! I'm so happy for you! You ran an amazing campaign - fair and honest! Your team was exceptional and hardworking, a reflection of what your term as DA will be as well!

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Posted by Let my vote count!
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm

So Santa Clara has just discovered 100,000 uncounted mail in ballots. That includes mine, why hasn't it been counted? And, I voted for Josh Becker!!!

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Posted by Cieboy
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Good results. Ms. Carr had too many ethical issues.

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Posted by kimmel
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm

congratulations jeff!!!!!!!! your constituents are going to see what we who have known you all your life have known about you: you are brilliant, compassionate, and ethical. may your service be blessed with clear sight and clear thinking. amen.

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Posted by A parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

Justice that sends victims of police misconduct to the morgue is dead.
May Dolores Carr never double park on thin ice again.

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

After what was done with Weston Healy, thank goodness she is gone.

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