Rachel Rollins, who has served as an assistant US attorney in Boston and an assistant district attorney in Plymouth County and , announced today she is joining the race to succeed Dan Conley, retiring after this year as Suffolk County District Attorney.
We deserve a system where addiction, poverty and mental illness are not criminalized; where socio-economic status and race don’t increase the likelihood that someone is incarcerated; and where the District Attorney, prosecutors and members of law enforcement are a true reflection of the rich diversity in the communities that they are sworn to protect and serve. I am running to be the next District Attorney for Suffolk County because I believe that, with strong leadership and a commitment to social justice, transparency and an innovative approach to community involvement, the system can be improved without sacrificing the safety of the community.
Rollins also served as chief council at both Massport and the MBTA. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.
Also running is state Rep. Evandro Carvalho (D-Dorchester), who as an assistant DA in Suffolk County before he was elected to the State House, and Greg Henning, the current chief of the gang unit in the Suffolk DA’s office. Another possible candidate, at large City Councilor Michael Flaherty, who also once worked as an assistant DA in Suffolk County, has yet to make an announcement one way or the other.