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San Luis Obispo CountyCandidate for District Attorney

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Dan Dow

District Attorney
51,079 votes (64.33%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue to protect our communities by aggressively and fairly prosecuting serious, violent, and sex offense crimes to the fullest extent of the law.
  • Continue collaborative work with local agencies and community partners to tackle: Human Trafficking, gang activity, youth crime prevention and education, crimes against elders and people with disabilities.
  • Continue innovative solutions to complicated issues like our Veterans' Treatment Court. I plan to implement a similar community based program to divert the homeless out of the court system for low level crimes committed.



Profession:District Attorney, County of San Luis Obispo
District Attorney, County of San Luis Obispo, California (2014–current)
District Attorney, County of San Luis Obispo — Elected position (2014–current)
Deputy District Attorney, County of San Luis Obispo, California (2007–2014)
Deputy District Attorney, County of Riverside, California (2005–2007)


US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Diploma, Intermediate Level Education, Foundations & Ethics, Strategy, Military Doctrine, Military Planning, Managing, Developing Organizations and Leaders (2016)
Santa Clara University, School of Law J.D., Juris Doctor, Law (2005)
California State University, Hayward B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Pre-Law (1999)
Defense Language Institute--Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California Linguist Certificate, Korean Language and Culture (1992)

Community Activities

Member, Board of Directors, San Luis Obispo Classical Academy (2017–current)
Member, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo (2014–current)
US Army Soldier (currently: Major, Judge Advocate General Corps), US Army; Army National Guard (1989–current)
Vice Chair, San Luis Obispo County Children's Services Network (CSN) (2015–current)


  • Instrumental leader in creating the San Luis Obispo County Veterans Treatment Court (2013)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Luis Obispo Prosecutors Association
  • SLO District Attorney Investigators Association
  • SLO County Criminal Justice Administrators Association (Police Chiefs & Sheriff)

Organizations (7)

  • Paso Robles Police Officers Association
  • Atascadero Police Association
  • Morro Bay Police Officers Association
  • San Luis Obispo Police Officers Association
  • California Men’s Colony Chapter of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA)
  • California District Attorney Investigators Association
  • Arroyo Grande Police Officers Association

Elected Officials (9)

  • Hon. Jordan Cunningham, CA State Assembly
  • Hon. Katcho Achadjian, CA State Assembly (Ret.)
  • Hon. Erik Howell, Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Pismo Beach
  • Hon. Ed Waage, Mayor, City of Pismo Beach
  • Other elected official endorsements listed on
  • Hon. Tom O’Malley, Mayor, City of Atascadero
  • Hon. Jan Marx, Retired Mayor, City of San Luis Obispo
  • Hon. Dr. James Brescia, County Superintendent, Office of Education
  • Hon. Dave Romero, Retired Mayor, City of San Luis Obispo

Individuals (3)

  • Hon. Jac Crawford, Superior Court Judge (Ret.)
  • Hon. Sid B. Findley, Superior Court Commissioner (Ret.)
  • Other individual endorsements listed on

Videos (1)

The Choice is Clear: Re-Elect District Attorney Dan Dow — May 13, 2018 Dan Dow for District Attorney 2018 Campaign Committee

:15 second highlight of Dan's experience as District Attorney and his combat military service. 

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