After two months of speculation, Michael R. Capizzi, second-in-command in the prosecutor's office, will make it official today that he is running for Orange County district attorney.
Capizzi, 47, said Tuesday that he would announce his candidacy at a 10:30 a.m. news conference in the county Hall of Administration in Santa Ana.
A veteran prosecutor who directed a series of successful political corruption investigations, Capizzi has been preparing for a campaign since Dist. Atty. Cecil Hicks announced in August that he will not seek reelection in June, 1990, after 23 years in office.
And although a colleague, Deputy Dist. Atty. Thomas Avdeef, already has announced his candidacy for the post, Capizzi has waited until now, quietly seeking commitments of support from around the county.