About the District Attorney
On October 26, 1969, P. David Soares was born in Brava, Cape Verde, an island off the coast of West Africa. He is the youngest of five children born to Lucas and Lidia Soares. When David was six years old, his family moved to the United States and settled in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where his father found a vocation as a carpenter, and his mother worked at the local mill.
At an early age, David's parents instilled in him the value of family, education, hard work, and active participation within a strong community. Although David grew up in a rough neighborhood, loving friends and a strong community surrounded him. Neighbors kept an eye on one another's children and were quick to lend a hand. This upbringing encouraged David to believe in the goodness and potential of all people if given the proper guidance. His parents' emphasis on education provided a solid motivation for David's future goals in life.
David worked his way through Cornell University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. After Cornell, David attended Albany Law School and received his law degree in 1999. As he had at Cornell University, David worked his way through Albany Law School. He interned and worked for the Albany County Airport Authority and also served as an intern at the District Attorney's Office, where he eventually became an Assistant District Attorney.
In 2004, with a coalition of dedicated volunteers and a drive to make the District Attorney's Office a force for community good, David was elected as Albany County District Attorney. As Albany County District Attorney, David has brought a one standard of justice approach to prosecution in Albany County. David was re-elected another term in 2008 as Albany County District Attorney.
David is the proud father of three young children. David remains active in his community as a mentor in Legal Lives a civic education class for children sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office, and as a board member of on the Boys and Girls Club. As an Assistant District Attorney in Albany County, David was Albany's first community prosecutor. He established a Community Accountability Board, which successfully involved community members in turning youth away from crime and drugs.
What others are saying about David:
“I am pleased to endorse David Soares in his bid for re-election as Albany County District Attorney, said Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy. “We have many fiscal challenges ahead and I welcome the opportunity to work with David to serve the best interests of the people of Albany County.
Said Albany County Democratic Chairman Matthew Clyne: "Dave's done a very good job trying to balance all the different factors that go into running the district attorney's office in today's world. It is my pleasure to endorse Dave for a third term."
Assemblyman Jack McEneny: “David Soares has proven that his groundbreaking win in 2004 was not a fluke, Assemblyman McEneny said. “I supported him then and I am supporting him today. Over time he has validated my support and that of all the people who believed in him. I am especially pleased to see how his approach to the office and his desire to make a difference every day. He is one of the rare public officials who wants to make an impact on people. And we need more of that these days.”
"Eight years ago, when we stood here at Academy Park to announce David Soares' campaign for Albany County District Attorney, no one believed we could elect a DA who supported drug law reform and a common sense approach to criminal justice," said Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Working Families Party. "WFP and Citizen Action helped elect David because we knew Albany County needed a change, and David Soares won election because Albany County voters agreed that it was time for a DA who would make our communities safer through prevention as well as prosecution. WFP and Citizen Action look forward to helping re-elect David Soares to spend the next four years continuing to transform Albany County's criminal justice system to make our communities safer and our criminal justice system more just."
Said Ivette Alfonso, president of Citizen Action of New York: "Eight years ago, Citizen Action endorsed and supported a community prosecutor who believed the Rockefeller drug laws needed reform and aimed to redefine for the better the relationship between prosecutors and neighborhoods. Today, David Soares has been a champion for the middle class and has been a leading advocate for making our streets safer through initiating community programming. Citizen Action is proud to support David."
“District Attorney Soares has done extraordinary work on behalf of the men and women of organized labor,” said Teamsters Local 294 President John Bulgaro. “His strong record of fighting fraud that hurts union workers and protecting members who are victims of violent crime is unsurpassed. The District Attorney has consistently backed organized labor by standing up for our rights in the work place. He’s been a dedicated, independent fighter on behalf of Albany’s working families. We are pleased to endorse the District Attorney as he seeks a third term.”
Richard Jacobson, chairman, Colonie Democratic Committee: "Following the lead of the full Albany County Democratic Committee, I would like to endorse P. David Soares for re-election as Albany County District Attorney. This town remains one of the safest in the nation; this is due to our top-notch police department and its working relationship with the Albany County district attorney."
David Bosworth, chairman, Guilderland Democratic Committee said: “Our committee supports David Soares because of his success in meeting the needs of at-risk youth has been very successful. By implementing programs such as the School First Task Force and the Anti-Bullying Initiative, the District Attorney has been a leader in protecting young people in Albany County. David also realizes the value of utilizing Drug Court in helping to keep families together while giving drug offenders the opportunity to turn their lives around.”
"NYSNA proudly endorses David Soares for Albany County District Attorney," said Julie Pinkham, interim Executive Director of the 37,000-member New York State Nurses Association. "David is the first District Attorney we have ever endorsed. His strong prosecution and conviction of an offender who assaulted a nurse sent a strong message to the nursing community. We support district attorneys who enforce the law and defend New York's caregivers. Thank you, David Soares."
"Over the years, District Attorney David Soares has strengthened outreach to the LGBT community. Under his leadership, the office has demonstrated commitment and compassion to fighting crime and working for equality for all Albany County residents,” said Libby Post,
President of Communication Services and Founding Chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda. “I am pleased to endorse David as he seeks another term as District Attorney.”
Said Sam Messina, former Supervisor, Town of Bethlehem: "David has done an outstanding job as District Attorney, especially in the area of enforcing the law in regard to those who drink and drive. His zero tolerance policy has proven to be a model for law enforcement in New York State. Through the years, David has not only been a strong partner with local officials, he has consistently demonstrated that the root causes of crime often run deep and we need to address those matters too. I am proud to support him."