DOWNEY – Deputy district attorney and L.A. Superior Court Judge candidate Efrain Aceves was in Downey last week, meeting with local residents, community leaders, and supporters from the legal field.
The campaign kick-off for LA Superior Court Judge was held at the private home of Mario Trujillo, a fellow L.A. deputy district attorney. Both Aceves and Trujillo serve out of the Norwalk Courthouse.
Among the campaign kick-off co-hosts were Downey Mayor Pro Tem Alex Saab, Councilman Fernando Vasquez, and Downey attorneys Ricardo Perez and Miguel Duarte.
"We had a great turnout," said Vasquez, who provided the welcoming remarks. "Over 150 guests attended the event. I am confident that Efrain will be a tough but fair judge and a great addition to the superior court system... on to victory."
Aceves grew up in Whittier. He attended local public schools in his community and enrolled at UCLA directly after high school, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law in 1997.
Aceves began his legal career at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1997. During his time as a criminal prosecutor, he has tried more than 100 jury trials ranging from special circumstances murder, gang related murder, mayhem, rape, child molestation, carjacking, and kidnapping.
Aceves has devoted the majority of his career as a prosecutor to fighting against crimes perpetrated against women and children. He is currently assigned to the Victim Impact Program (“VIP”), where he primarily handles the most serious of child molestation cases, as well as physical violence against women and children.
Aceves currently serves as vice-president of the Whittier City School District Board of Education. Last year, the Whittier City School District received an award for being one of the most improved districts in the State of California.
Aceves also serves on the PIH Health System Board of Directors, a regional health organization in Los Angeles County that serves the cities of Whittier, Downey, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera, Montebello, Hacienda Heights, and La Mirada.
He was also the first deputy district attorney elected to serve as President of the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County in 2007. During his 10-year tenure on the board, he helped establish the association’s first international chapter and an annual legal fair that provides free legal advice to residents of Los Angeles County.
The election for LA Superior Court Judge will be held on June 7, 2016. For questions or to learn more about the campaign, contact Campaign Headquarters at 562-270-5923 or visit the campaign website at acevesforjudge.com.