SACRAMENTO — San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala D. Harris filed papers Wednesday to run for California attorney general in 2010 but said she would withdraw if incumbent Jerry Brown, a fellow Democrat, decides to run for reelection rather than for governor as widely expected.
"I'm a career prosecutor, and the work we've done in the San Francisco district attorney's office I want to bring statewide," Harris said.
She said she plans to propose "new ideas" for strengthening the state's criminal justice system. They include an expanded version of a San Francisco program, Back on Track, that partners with businesses to provide job training and other help to those released from prison.
Harris is viewed as left-leaning, which could alienate centrist voters who may prefer a more conservative top law enforcement officer, said Tom Hogen-Esch, a political science professor at Cal State Northridge.