PGN Special Edition Coverage

Throughout his candidacy for district attorney, Larry Krasner has spoken about resisting the Trump administration, ending mass incarceration and standing up for civil-rights. During his 30 years as an attorney, he stood up for organizations such as ACT UP, Black Lives Matter and other organizations relating to LGBT rights, disabled people and immigrants. 

 

Teresa Carr Deni served in numerous leadership positions in the field of law prior to running for district attorney. This includes membership in the Brehon Law Society, the Justinian Society, the Pennsylvania Prison Society and the Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, where she was chairperson. For more than 20 years, Deni served as a judge in the Municipal Court of Philadelphia, where she worked on almost 100,000 civil and criminal cases. 

 

Tariq El-Shabbaz hopes to return to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he previously served as assistant district attorney for five years. El-Shabbaz currently runs a private-law practice with Richard Harris. Throughout his career, El-Shabbaz led defenses for political figures and workers on both the federal and state levels. 

Prior to becoming chief of staff at the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, Beth Grossman, the only Republican in the D.A.’s race, worked on criminal cases, municipal corruption and civil rights as an assistant district attorney. In the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, she served on the Investigations, Juvenile, Law, Narcotics and Trial divisions. Additionally, she held numerous leadership positions where she trained new prosecutors and worked in the community. 

After fighting corruption and crime at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Joe Khan left behind his position to run for district attorney. Khan began his career as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he specialized in cases related to sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence. 

Rich Negrin was 13 when he witnessed his father gunned down by assassins. Since then, he has not lost sight of combatting gun violence. After a brief career with the NFL, Negrin worked at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted violent crimes, including hate crimes. His other leadership positions included vice chair of the independent Philadelphia Board of Ethics, city managing director and overseeing PhillyRising.

 

Jack O’Neill prosecuted more than 100 cases involving homicide, rape and domestic violence. Before going into private practice, the district attorney candidate worked in the Juvenile Unit in the D.A.’s Office, where he represented thousands of survivors of violence and sexual assault. His victories include the high-profile sexual-assault case against Charles Finch and the Kensington rapist’s prosecution.

Prior to his run for district attorney, Michael Untermeyer served positions in the District Attorney’s Office and the Philadelphia Office of the Attorney General, specializing in financial cases at the latter. Additionally, he volunteered at the American Red Cross and conducted pro-bono work for several organizations. 

The challenger to incumbent City Controller Alan Butkovitz, Rebecca Rhynhart has never run for political office. Rhynhart served as Mayor Jim Kenney’s chief administrative officer prior to running for this position. Additionally, her 15 years of financial experience includes positions as treasurer and budget director for the city.

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