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Candidates’ Forum for District Attorney
May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
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The SCNA Board is hosting District Attorney Candidates Thien Ho and Alana Mathews on May 9th, 2022, from 6:30-8pm in Curtis Hall of the Sierra 2 Center. There will be candidates’ presentations followed by Q&A. Outdoor seating will be provided. Thank you to The League of Women Voters who will moderate the event.
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Alana graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, becoming the first person in her family to earn a college degree. She went on to receive her law degree from McGeorge School of Law while raising her three children. While serving as a Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento County, she worked her way up from misdemeanor jury trials to prosecuting perpetrators of domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, general felony, and prison crime cases. Alana has worked to protect victims in the courtroom while also focusing on reducing crime in the community. A pioneer in the legal field, Alana mentored women on parole while leading the Florin Law Academy program to build legal career pathways for at-risk youth in South Sacramento.
After eight years as a Deputy District Attorney, Alana Mathews was recruited to help start the enforcement unit for the California Energy Commission and was later appointed Public Adviser for the agency by Governor Jerry Brown. In this position, Mathews launched the agency’s equity initiative to ensure California’s most vulnerable communities were protected under the state’s clean energy policies, programs, and investments. Alana expanded on this work as the Chief Consultant for Climate Change for the California Legislature, continuing to address disparities in policy and practice to protect vulnerable populations.
Alana Mathews now works for the Prosecutors Alliance of California, a coalition of reform-minded prosecutors working to promote criminal justice reform statewide and teaches at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.
In 2020 Mathews founded the Community Justice Collaborative to empower and educate underserved communities throughout Sacramento by hosting free educational legal clinics.
Alana and her husband, retired Army First Sergeant Eugene Arcurio live in Elk Grove, California. She has lived in Sacramento County for 25 years.
Thien Ho is an Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. A proven prosecutor with 20 years of experience, Thien Ho will ensure our system of justice is fair to all and doesn’t leave women, children, and victims of crime behind.
In 1998, Thien began his career as a prosecutor in the Bay Area and in 2004, he was sworn in as a Deputy District Attorney for the people of Sacramento County.
Throughout his career, Thien has successfully prosecuted sexual assault, gang, and homicide cases.
Thien successfully prosecuted the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer, one of the nation’s most prolific and notorious serial killers who committed 13 murders and upwards of 50 sexual assaults in 11 different jurisdictions throughout California.
In 2017, Thien was awarded “Prosecutor of the Year” by both the Sacramento District Attorney’s Association and the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (NAPIPA). And, in 2011, he received the Sacramento County Victim Services Award.
Assistant Chief Ho currently serves in executive management at the D.A.’s Office and oversees the Justice and Community Relations Bureau. That bureau includes the Community Prosecution Unit, the Justice, Training and Integrity Unit, as well as community relations and media outreach.
As the Assistant Chief in charge of community relations and prosecution, he works every day with County’s diverse community-based organizations as well as the many Property Business Improvement Districts in Sacramento County.
Thien has also been a leader in the Sacramento community against the rise of Asian hate. As Assistant Chief, Thien is the lead prosecutor to engage in outreach regarding hate crimes to vulnerable members of the AAPI community and other groups, including elders and immigrant communities. Additionally, he previously supervised Sacramento’s Gangs and Hate Crime Unit.
For the last 15 years, Thien has been an adjunct professor teaching trial advocacy at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where he was instrumental in building a national award-winning trial advocacy program.