Facing six sexual harassment lawsuits and calls to resign for making racist remarks, Spitzer now faces three                                                      primary challengers in the contest for Orange County District Attorney

ORANGE – Todd Spitzer – who faces six sexual harassment lawsuits, calls to resign for making racist remarks from numerous groups including the California NAACP, and who has lost endorsements from every major county District Attorney in California – will face off against three primary challengers this June. Republican candidate Michael Jacobs will challenge Spitzer from the right and Pete Hardin remains the only Democrat in the race.

“Todd Spitzer’s record of racism, promoting known abusers, and retaliating against victims including female employees in his own office have attracted two more challengers to the race including Republican Michael Jacobs,” said Campaign Manager Izak Epstein. “While Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Hardin may share certain policy disagreements, I welcome him to the race and hope his candidacy will refocus the race on substantive conversations about how to keep Orange County safe. Amidst skyrocketing crime and homelessness alongside racism scandals that undermine our justice system, I’m glad voters will have a serious opportunity to vote Spitzer out of office this June.


Current Orange County District Attorney Republican Todd Spitzer’s tenure has been defined by scandal. Most recently, Spitzer made racist remarks when discussing whether or not to seek the death penalty against a Black man. Four women in Spitzer’s office have filed claims asserting Spitzer promoted an employee and close friend despite having been made aware of the sexual harassment complaints against him. Spitzer later allowed the employee, who was the best man at his wedding, to retire with top flight benefits. Spitzer also attempted to drop sexual assault charges against high-profile defendants, leading a judge to remove him from the case. Survivors of the sexual assault survivors were “dragged through the mud” and “grossly mistreated” by Spitzer for two and a half years, leading two of them to abandon their case.

Spitzer has been involved in an evidence booking scandal, a jailhouse informant scandal, and has defamed a victim of OC’s deadliest mass shooting as retaliation for peaceful protest. Spitzer has also defended a DNA collection program known informally as “Spit and Acquit” that coerces defendants to give up their DNA to law enforcement, a practice the ACLU has called “unconstitutional.”

Pete Hardin is a former Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, Deputy District Attorney, Special Assistant United States Attorney, and one of Southern California’s leading litigators running for Orange County District Attorney. Pete entered public service when, in 2005, he earned his commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. A combat veteran, Pete served in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Pete is a member of the Democratic Party.

Orange County’s rapidly changing electorate has led Democrats to now outnumber Republicans in Orange County holding a 4.1% voter registration advantage.