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Competing philosophies of public safety at center of Democratic primary for district attorney

At the center of the Democratic primary race for Travis County district attorney is a disagreement over what public safety looks like and what role the county’s top prosecutor should play in shaping it. Jeremy Sylestine, who is seeking to unseat José Garza, ended his 15-year tenure in the prosecutor’s office shortly into Garza’s term. Now a defense attorney, he argues that Garza has remade the office of the district attorney at the expense of public safety.