Carla Rodriguez, who ran unopposed in her bid to head the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, will be the county’s next district attorney.
A 25-year veteran with the district attorney’s office, she received 41,625 votes as of 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night.
“I feel great,” Rodriguez said Tuesday night of CIBO Rustico Pizzeria, where she was celebrating with her husband, kids and campaign volunteers before heading home to watch “Murder, She Wrote.”
“It’s been 15 months of hard work, and I’m super excited to take on the position of district attorney, and I’ve learned a lot over the past 15 months.”
Rodriguez, 50, succeeds outgoing district attorney Jill Ravitch for three terms in January.
She received a wide range of support, including from her current boss.
“She’s a career prosecutor and understands the job,” Ravitch said before Tuesday’s count. “I think she’s attuned to the many changes we’re seeing in the criminal justice system and the evolving role of the prosecutor.”
Although the only candidate in her race, Rodriguez said she hopes her message will resonate with all voters.
“I would like to think that they voted for me because I have experience and compassion, and am able to go into work and serve the people of Sonoma County,” a- she declared.