Civil rights attorney Pamela Price ran in the 2014
15th Assembly District primary, finishing third.

Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela Price has filed an intent to challenge Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in next year’s June primary.

Price, who at one time, represented Jasmine Abuslin, the woman at the center of the Oakland police scandal, filed a statement of intent with the Alameda County Registrar’s office last month.

In addition to running her own law practice, Price is also a member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. During the 2016 June primary she garnered the most votes of any central committee candidate.

In two elections since being appointed Alameda
County DA, Nancy O’Malley has never faced a
challenger for her office.

Price also ran for the 15th Assembly District seat in the 2014 June primary, eventually won by Tony Thurmond. Price finished third with 15 percent of the vote, but outside of the top two that advanced to the November General Election.

Price did not respond to questions about her candidacy.

Countywide office, though, is yet another stratosphere of local government and the hegemony of elected Alameda County elected officials has been unquestioned over the past three decades, including O’Malley’s office.

Since being appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in 2009 to replace the retiring D.A. Tom Orloff, O’Malley has run unopposed.

At the time of O’Malley’s appointment, just less than nine months before the 2010 election, opponents charged Orloff with hand-picking the county’s next top lawyer without any public input.

An activist group in 2014 briefly attempted with no success to publicly recruit candidates to challenge O’Malley and Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern, in response to criticism toward each for their handling of police shootings and misconduct.