In California, thankfully and wisely, the governor has invoked a moratorium on the death penalty. It is to be noted, however, that this action is operative as long as the governor desires, and is subject to revocation and revision by him — and his successor. The solution to this uncertainty would be abolishment of the death penalty by the state, again, by ballot initiative.
Which leads to San Mateo County. The current district attorney, Steve Wagstaffe, was elected to this office in 2010, where he had previously served for several years. Last December, Mr. Wagstaffe stated in an interview that "...the views on the death penalty here in California, and specifically with me, are evolving." This statement is important and pivotal.
Mr. Wagstaffe played a major role in opposing an initiative to abolish the death penalty, Proposition 66, in 2016. Further, on the same ballot, he supported a competing initiative, Proposition 62, in support of the death penalty. At that time, he was also president of the California District Attorneys Association, further emphasizing the criticality of his "evolving."
Consummating his "evolving" with a pledge not to seek this penalty in this term, and if reelected, is welcomed and encouraged. It would be a moral credit to him, especially as a person of religious conviction who hungers and thirsts for righteousness. Consummating his evolution would enhance his electability as well. As an astute public servant he will take note that Proposition 66 in support of abolition of the death penalty was approved by the voters in San Mateo County by an impressive margin of 15%.
Beyond Mr. Wagstaffe's personal commitment to such a pledge, it would have an enormous effect on his fellow district attorneys throughout the state and nation. It would have a positive impact on gaining signatures to get an abolition initiative on the ballot, and on its ultimate passage.
I hope Mr. Wagstaffe will seek and welcome this opportunity to serve the common good, and to be a faithful citizen.
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