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No challenger for DA’s seat

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It appears prosecutor Scott Owens will be Placer County’s next district attorney. The candidate filing period for the Placer County June primary ballot officially closed March 12. However, positions in which the incumbent did not file were left open five additional days. Placer County District Attorney Brad Fenocchio is not seeking another term, and without a challenger, Owens is the only candidate as of the close of filing Wednesday. In January, Sacramento prosecutor Scott Triplett pulled out of the district attorney race citing personal reasons. Unless there is a write-in candidate during the June election, Owens appears to be the county’s next top prosecutor. Owens gained early support for his campaign from multiple elected officials including Sheriff Ed Bonner, who is also running unopposed this year, Fenocchio and labor groups such as the Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Placer County Deputy District Attorney’s Association. In a prior Journal report, Owens said he was “humbled” by the number of backers. “People have asked me why I want this job,” Owens said. “I say, ‘why wouldn’t I want this job?’ when my career is committed to public safety.” ~ Jenifer Gee