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SAN JOSE — Deputy District Attorney James Shore has been re-elected president of the Santa Clara County Government Attorneys Association, ending more than a month of infighting in the DA’s office regarding the decision to pursue the Measure C ballot initiative this fall. Shore defeated challenger Mike Fletcher 157-128. Three other incumbents will represent the GAA in 2005: Vice President Paul Colin, Secretary Ann Huntley and Treasurer David Soares, all deputy district attorneys. Colin defeated challenger JoAnne McCracken 155-127; Huntley defeated challenger Charles “Chuck” Gillingham 162-121; and Soares defeated Stephen Lowney 160-122. Shore thanked his supporters Monday and said he was grateful his fellow attorneys “showed confidence in my abilities.” “It’s time to join ranks again and get back to business,” Shore said. “I think the union members know that — however they voted — I will be extremely hard-working and dedicated to their cause.” Shore said his priorities in his fifth year as GAA president will include working to ensure “fairness is part of the equation” when negotiating contracts for county attorneys. But the veteran prosecutor hinted that the union will work to improve ties with the Board of Supervisors and the county counsel’s office, which were strained during the Measure C fight. “There’s definitely going to be some effort put into repairing relationships,” Shore said, adding that the GAA is already working toward that goal. The race for GAA leadership is not normally contentious or even publicized, but the union’s decision to push a ballot initiative that would have required binding arbitration in workplace disputes virtually ensured that this year would be different. The fight over Measure C was often ugly, with the county at one point accusing its lawyers of greed and charging that they wanted pay hikes at the expense of other county workers. Some attorneys had said that Shore’s unyielding approach to union business and rancorous relationship with the county should be abandoned in favor of leaders better able to work with the Board of Supervisors and County Counsel Ann Ravel for improved pay and benefits. Shore has been mentioned as one of several potential DA candidates in 2006 if George Kennedy bows out. Prior to the Measure C loss, Shore’s leadership was generally lauded. In October 2001, he helped negotiate a new contract that tied salaries to attorney pay in the public and private sector throughout Silicon Valley. That resulted in a 15 percent increase in 2002. One prosecutor who asked to be anonymous credited Shore with helping Santa Clara lawyers become among the best paid prosecutors in California. In a recent interview with The Recorder, Shore claimed that Measure C had wide union support and said the union backed the proposal to “inject fairness into a process riddled with animosity and litigation.” Challenger McCracken said the results, tallied up late Friday, showed how divided the legal community was regarding Measure C. She added that the incumbents probably got a boost from lawyers who thought removing them would give county supervisors the impression that attorneys were unwilling to fight for better salaries. “We’re disappointed because we felt we would be better representatives, but we’re dedicated to supporting the union,” McCracken said.

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