Spirit News Candidate Guide for the May 16th Primaries
On Tuesday, May 16th, Philadelphians will have the opportunity to cast their vote in the Primary Elections.
Registered Democrats and Republicans in Philadelphia will choose their parties’ candidates for:
- District Attorney
- Nine seats on Philadelphia County’s Court of Common Pleas
- Two seats on the Philadelphia Municipal Court
- Election officials (Judge of Elections and Inspectors of Election) in each of the city’s 1,686 voting divisions—more than 5,000 positions.
Registered Rs and Ds throughout Pennsylvania will choose their parties candidates for:
- One seat on PA’s Supreme Court
- Four seats on PA’s Superior Court
- Two seats on PA’s Commonwealth Court
According to Committee of 70,The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is one of the largest prosecutor’s offices in the country, serving more than 1.5 million people in the City and County of Philadelphia. The District Attorney’s staff investigates and prosecutes violations of city and state law within Philadelphia (some 75,000 cases yearly). The office has an annual budget of more than $50 million and a staff of nearly 600 people, including lawyers, detectives and support staff.
Spirit News profiled each District Attorney candidate. You can read about each candidate by clicking the links below:
- Larry Krasner: Philly’s Progressive Candidate for DA
- Richard Negrin: Former City Manager and Deputy Mayor Angles for Ethics Reforms
- Joe Khan: Corruption Buster Aims to Bring His Federal Experience to DA Office
- Tariq El-Shabazz: Can Seth Williams’ Right-Hand Man Distance Himself From Past Administration?
- Teresa Deni: Judge Deni Brings More Than 30 Years of Legal Experience to the Table
- Jack O’Neill: Fresh Face Brings Fresh Ideas to the Primary With Last Minute Campaign
- Michael Untermeyer: Former Republican Wants to Fix “Broken” Criminal Justice System
- Beth Grossman: Getting to Know the Lone Republican in the District Attorney Race
We also took a deeper dive into the City Controller’s race:
- Controller Primary: Rebecca Rhynhart Looks to Challenge Incumbent Alan Butkovitz as City’s Fiscal Watchdog