Local attorney, Chris Carlos, has announced his candidacy for the office of Sutter County District Attorney (DA). Lifelong Yuba-Sutter resident, Carlos has been a practicing attorney for 18 years.
Carlos served as a Deputy DA in the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, Deputy DA in the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office, and has run his own private law practice in Yuba City for the past seven years.
Carlos was a founding member and prosecutor for the Sutter County Gang Task Force. In his first year, gang members were sentenced to over 300 years in prison.
“We were all hoping that when Carl Adams left as DA, things would get better. It hasn’t happened. Amanda’s reign is full of turmoil again,” said Carlos. “Just this Sunday, the Appeal’s own editorial referred to Amanda’s reign as ‘side-show status.’ I’m running because this is my home and Sutter County deserves better.”
Carlos has prosecuted numerous murder cases and 39 jury trials, including numerous first degree murder and first degree gang murder trials. Current Sutter County DA, Amanda Hopper, has never tried a murder case.
“Amanda lacked the fundamental experience needed for the job,” said Carlos. “We elected a person who had little experience managing employees and zero experience with the toughest cases.
To compound this, Amanda has turned on her top employees, two of which are now suing her, and morale in the department has tanked. It’s really sad.”
The Sutter County District Attorney’s Office budget for 2016 was $4,084,137 and they filed a total of 3,070 cases. In comparison, the Yuba County District Attorney’s Office budget was $2,379,044 and they filed a total of 2,929 cases. Which means Yuba County filed essentially the same number of cases, on half the budget.
“We are paying more, for a lot less service from our DA. It’s simply not fair to the taxpayers of Sutter County,” said Carlos. “My slogan is ‘less politics, more service.’ This cycle, voters absolutely have a chance to make Sutter County a safer place to live and work.”
Carlos received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Francisco State University in 1996, and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings, in 1999.
Chris and Elizabeth have been married for 18 years and are both lifelong Yuba-Sutter residents. Through his law firm, Santana and Carlos, Chris does a substantial amount of pro bono work, and reduced rate work for local charitable causes. Chris is also a former coach and board member for Peach Bowl Little League.