Saturday, January 31, 2015

Election Day Roundup -- The DA's Race

Five Democratic candidates have been duking it out to become the next Philadelphia District Attorney, looking to replace Lynne Abraham, who was first elected to the job in 1991. Here's a speedy PhillyClout look at the men battling for the job.

Election Day Roundup -- The DA's Race

Five Democratic candidates have been duking it out to become the next Philadelphia District Attorney, looking to replace Lynne Abraham, who was first elected to the job in 1991. Here's a speedy PhillyClout look at the men battling for the job.

Brian Grady:  This 40-year-old criminal defense lawyer is an affable guy who says his practise gives him insights into all aspects of the criminal justice system. But he is still dogged by the day 12 years ago when he punched out a defense attorney in front of a Common Pleas Judge. Check out his Daily News profile.

Dan McElhatton: Best known for serving a single term on City Council, McElhatton, 59, thinks his experience serving in elected office would serve him well in the job. He lost his re-election campaign after supporting a "liquor-by-the-drink tax." Late last week, he received the endorsement of a former friend on City Council, Mayor Nutter. He also earned the DN endorsement. Check out his Daily News profile.

Dan McCaffery:  Brother of state Supreme Court Judge Seamus McCaffery, Dan McCaffery, 44, wants voters to consider his record working in the District Attorney's office rather than his backing from the politically active electricians union. The DN last month raised questions about a real estate deal in which McCaffery had purchased a house from an estate handled by his own law firm, flipping the property for an $89,000 profit in a matter of months. Check out his Daily News profile.

Michael Turner: This lawyer, who served for five years as a prosecutor in the DA's office early in his career, has less name recognition than his competition. In his first run for office, Turner, 52, has vowed not to accept contributions from political-action committees or seek endorsements from elected officials. Check out his Daily News profile.

Seth Williams: This race isn't the first time at the rodeo for Williams, 42, who took on Abraham in the Democratic primary in 2005. He lost, but got 46 percent of the vote. A former city inspector general, Williams has received the  endorsement of the Philaelphia Inquirer, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and the Fraternal Order of Police, among others. Check out his Daily News profile.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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