Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced Monday that she is running for attorney general of California.
Schubert will challenge incumbent Rob Bonta, who was just sworn in on Friday to succeed Xavier Becerra. Becerra departed to become U.S. Health and Human Services secretary under President Joe Biden.
“I’ve done nothing else in my life other than being a public safety advocate,” Schubert said in an exclusive interview with The Bee before her announcement. “I’m running because I believe the system deserves balance. I believe that the attorney general job should not be political. I’ve learned over the last 30 years that no matter what your walk of life is, everyone wants the same thing: They want their community to be safe.”
Bonta is the first Filipino American attorney general. Schubert, 57, would be the first openly gay state attorney general if elected. Unlike Bonta and Gov. Gavin Newsom, Schubert is pro-death penalty just like a slim majority of Californians who rejected a death penalty repeal at the ballot box in 2016.
Even more significantly, Schubert is the rare political candidate vying for a major statewide office who is neither Republican nor Democrat. In 2018, after she was easily re-elected to a second term as DA, Schubert switched her political affiliation from Republican to “no party preference.”