On ‘Radio Times:’ Why does voting for district attorney matter?

 Candidates for Philadelphia district attorney are (clockwise from top left) Teresa Carr Deni, Larry Krasner, Jack O'Neill, Tariq El-Shabazz, Joe Khan, Michael Untermeyer, Beth Grossman, and Rich Negrin. (NewsWorks, file, and photos from candidates' social media)

Candidates for Philadelphia district attorney are (clockwise from top left) Teresa Carr Deni, Larry Krasner, Jack O'Neill, Tariq El-Shabazz, Joe Khan, Michael Untermeyer, Beth Grossman, and Rich Negrin. (NewsWorks, file, and photos from candidates' social media)

On Radio Times Tuesday, host Marty Moss-Coane was joined by two reporters who have been following the race; WHYY’s Dave Davies and Philadelphia Magazine’s Holly Otterbein.

The primary election for District Attorney of Philadelphia is in two weeks, and with a staggering seven Democrats in the mix, wading through the platforms, records, and endorsements of each candidate is a lot to ask of most voters.

On Radio Times Tuesday, host Marty Moss-Coane was joined by two reporters who have been following the race; WHYY’s Dave Davies and Philadelphia Magazine’s Holly Otterbein. During the show, Marty and guests parsed out the similarities and differences between all of the candidates and discussed the relatively progressive agenda that most of them share.

Marty opened the show with a simple question; “Why does this race matter?” Davies answered “communities need to be protected by crimes, both serious and less serious, and enforcement needs to be fair.”

To further illustrate the importance of the election, Otterbein added, “District Attorneys weight in on laws that are being considered” across the country. She alluded to the debate around mandatory minimum sentences as an example in which the federal government gets input from District Attorneys.

To hear more about the race, listen to the full interview on Radio Times.

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