Incumbent Doug Haubert takes early lead in city prosecutor’s race

Early returns show incumbent City Prosecutor Doug Haubert defeating challengers Nicholas Liddi and George Moyer.

Haubert has claimed 59% of the vote while Liddi has 22% and Moyer has 19%.

Haubert was first elected city prosecutor in 2010, and says he’s long focused the office around innovation and community. Liddi, a prosecutor at the L.A. County district attorney’s office, wants to modernize the office with a renewed focus on ethics, while Moyer, a L.A. County public defender, wants a tighter focus on economic justice and has vowed to end cash bail.

In their Long Beach Post debate, the three candidates often seemed to agree more than they disagreed. All three largely agreed with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to force mentally ill homeless people into treatment. All agreed that the prosecutor’s office should maintain a list of police officers who aren’t trustworthy and shouldn’t be used in trials (Haubert said his office already does this).

All three candidates also support the practice of diversions—allowing certain low-level offenders to avoid court by participating in rehabilitative programs—though they differed on what cases should qualify. Haubert and Liddi said no DUIs should be diverted, while Moyer said some DUIs, especially if committed by veterans, should be eligible for diversion.

Haubert’s campaign raised nearly $70,000 this year, mostly from attorneys, municipal officials and other individual donors, according to campaign finance records. Liddi’s campaign raised about $50,000 this year, much of it from attorneys in L.A. County. Moyer’s campaign raised about $37,000 this year from a variety of individual donors, including attorneys and educators.

Voter turnout in the city was low going into Tuesday, with just 13% of registered voters having returned their ballots, according to the firm Political Data Intelligence.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the latest vote totals as of Wednesday morning. 

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Anthony Pignataro is an investigative reporter and editor for the Long Beach Post. He has close to three decades of experience in journalism leading numerous investigations and long-form journalism projects for the OC Weekly and other publications. He joined the Post in May 2021.
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