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SAN JOSE � The 2006 Santa Clara County District Attorney’s race may be getting a little more crowded. After months of saying he was “seriously considering” it, Deputy DA James Shore said Tuesday that he “has been moving toward running” for the top prosecutor’s job. Shore, who is serving his fifth term as president of the Santa Clara County Government Attorneys Association, said he will likely make an official announcement about his campaign plans next week. If he does run, Shore will join a growing field of candidates � fellow deputies Karyn Sinunu and Marc Buller and Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Dolores Carr. Shore spent last weekend “reaching out to people” and said he’s “gotten some great encouragement.” He declined to state publicly Tuesday why he is leaning toward a run, nor would he say who his supporters are. Over the last couple of years, Shore’s name has often come up as a possible DA contender. But after the loss of Measure C in November, his popularity around the office seemed to drop. Shore was a champion of the contentious ballot initiative, which would have required binding arbitration in workplace disputes. The measure was soundly defeated at the polls last year and left many wondering if it had crushed Shore’s DA dreams. “I think the conventional wisdom in the office � was he was through,” said one deputy DA, who asked to remain anonymous. Previously, Shore helped negotiate a new contract for the Government Attorneys Association that resulted in a 15 percent salary increase for union members in 2002. With the DA primary still 10 months away, Terry Christensen, a political science professor at San Jose State University, said the election is still anyone’s game. “Voters don’t even know this election is happening yet,” Christensen said, adding that if Shore decides to run and is able to raise money and secure support, he’ll have a chance at winning. Sinunu, who has the endorsement of retiring DA George Kennedy, has raised the most funds so far, with more than $100,000 in her campaign war chest. She said she wouldn’t be surprised if Shore joined the race. “I know it’s been a debate for him for more than a year,” she said. Carr, who announced her candidacy last week, said she welcomes another contender. “I’m ready to hear what he has to say,” she said. Shore graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar in 1987.

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