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The District Attorney’s Race: Knowing the Candidates and the Issues

May 7, 2009

For the entire time those of us who are young lawyers have been in practice, Lynne Abraham has been the District Attorney of Philadelphia, holding this post since 1991.  Since that time, there have been three different mayors, but Abraham has  been a constant  presence.  She has had some successes, some failures, but she has also been immensely popular and overwhelmingly re-elected. 

Now, with Abraham declining to seek re-election this November, the race to succeed her is wide open, with six declared major party candidates: Democrats Brian Grady, Dan McCaffery, Dan McElhatton, Michael Turner, Seth Williams and Republican Michael Untermeyer. 

Why should we, as young lawyers, care?  For starters, the the election is the most important city-wide election this year.  Whoever emerges will enter an office facing the pressure of budget cuts, issues on the use of the death penalty, overcrowding prisons, and so forth.  These issues affect all of use who live and work in Philadelphia and want the city to be safe, given the new realities in these difficult economic times. 

Come and see the candidates address these issues at the YLD-sponsored District Attorney Candidates Forum, at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in the Wannamaker Building, this Monday, May 11, at 4:00 p.m.

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