Deputy D.A. Launches Bid for Judicial Office
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila has taken a step toward running for a Los Angeles Superior Court open seat by acquiring from the Registrar-Recorder’s Office a petition on which to gather signatures, each of which will shave a portion from the filing fee.
Avila has staked out Office No. 93, currently held by Judge Malcolm Mackey. At 94, Mackey is the oldest member of the Superior Court and made it known in 2018, after he easily beat off an election challenger, that he would not run in 2024.
He was elected to the Superior Court on June 7, 1988, and was elected to the Los Angeles Municipal Court on Jan. 8, 1979 serving as presiding judge in 1985 and 1986.
Avila is endorsed by 40 judges of the Superior Court and two former members of that court.
A graduate of Boston College Law School, he was admitted to practice in 1997. His campaign website says:
“With a courtroom experience of over 115 jury trials, Victor’s sound judgment and integrity have earned him a position in the prestigious Major Crimes Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. This division is renowned for handling some of Los Angeles’ most high-profile and complex criminal cases.”
Four other attorneys have also taken out in-lieu petitions for Superior Court seats. The period for filing declarations of intent to run begins on Oct. 30.
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