On Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Larry Krasner was sworn in as the 26th District Attorney of Philadelphia. He is introduced by the Rev. Isaac Miller and then makes his inaugural remarks as DA.
BY CHRIS BRENNAN AND AUBREY WHELAN – THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Larry Krasner was elected Philadelphia district attorney on Tuesday, capping a once-improbable campaign to be the city’s top prosecutor and amid signals that he would bring significant, if not drastic, changes to the office.
A longtime defense lawyer, the Democrat won despite lacking political or prosecutorial experience and, at least early in the race, establishment support. But he rode the financial backing of one of his party’s most progressive billionaires, and benefited from a fractured field of opponents.
His last challenger, Republican Beth Grossman, proved to be slightly more formidable than some of her party’s predecessors in a city dominated by Democrats. But Grossman failed Tuesday to convince enough voters that her 21 years as an assistant district attorney made her the better choice.
The Associated Press proclaimed Krasner the winner just after 9 p.m. With nearly 98 percent of the votes counted, he had outpaced her by a 3-1 ratio, unofficial returns showed.
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BY MAURA EWING – THE ATLANTIC
PHILADELPHIA—When civil-rights attorney Larry Krasner won the Democratic primary for district attorney here last spring, it made national headlines—not because he won with a large margin, which he did, but because in a race crowded with progressives, he stood distinctly in left field.
Krasner was the outsider candidate, offering voters zero experience as a prosecutor. As a defense attorney, he sued the Philadelphia Police Department dozens of times and represented Occupy and Black Lives Matter activists pro bono. And while his primary opponents were reformers, too, only he had spent decades litigating against the office all were vying to lead. Put simply: “I’ve spent a career becoming completely unelectable,” as Krasner joked at a recent debate.
Come Tuesday, Krasner will see just how electable he really is when he faces off against Republican Beth Grossman in the city’s municipal elections. But the rest of the country may learn something, too. The DA race is being watched as a potential bellwether among political organizers, analysts, and pundits trying to gauge voter appetite for progressive candidates in the era of President Trump.
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A special Inside Story Candidates Forum on the Philadelphia District Attorney's Race.
Anchor Matt O'Donnell moderated a discussion with Republican Beth Grossman and Democrat Larry Krasner about the top issues in the race including: restoring dignity to the Philadelphia's District Attorney's Office in wake of former DA Seth Williams conviction; dealing with law enforcement and community; mass incarceration and criminal justice reform.
FOR THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE
In this week’s edition of my “Freedom’s Journal” column, I’m announcing my November 7, 2017 general election endorsements. ... I have been a radio show host for more than 15 years, a trial attorney for more than 20 years, a cultural/political activist since my college days, and an African descendant throughout my entire lifetime. ...
And as a meticulous researcher — and especially as “The Angriest Black Man In America” — I’ll begin my list with a resounding endorsement of D.A. candidate Larry Krasner, “The Blackest White Guy I Know.” Here are ten reasons why I’m endorsing him:
BY AMY V. SIMMONS – THE PHILADELPHIA SUNDAY SUN
In a few days, Philadelphia selects its next district attorney.
The City’s next DA not only has to grapple with a demoralized staff and a skeptical public, but also with a myriad of criminal justice policy issues and questionable practices that still need to be addressed.
During one of many campaign events held over the last few weeks leading up to Tuesday’s election — a Q &A session entitled “Meet a Candidate: A Conversation with Larry Krasner” — voters were given a chance to ask questions and voice their concerns.
The event — held at the Arch Street United Methodist Church in Center City — was sponsored by Huddle Up Philly, Millennials in Action, My Family Votes, Philly Up, Philly Women Rally, Inc., POWER, The People United USA, Women in POWER, and many other organizations.
Organizers of the event invited both DA candidates to participate. Although both candidates accepted the invitation to speak, Republican candidate Beth Grossman had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict.
In his opening statement, Krasner said that last spring’s primary was an “election by movement.”
THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE
On Tuesday, Philadelphia voters will go to the polls and elect candidates for several important positions including the city’s next district attorney and controller.
For the first time in years, Philadelphia voters will have a new top prosecutor and fiscal watchdog. Voters could also elect the first African American for Pennsylvania Supreme Court in more than three decades.
One of the most watched races will be the one for district attorney.
Voters will be electing a replacement for former District Attorney Seth Williams, whose two terms as Philadelphia’s first Black D.A. ended with a corruption scandal. He was sentenced last week to five years in federal prison for accepting a bribe. ...
The Tribune endorses Larry Krasner, a prominent civil rights lawyer to become the city’s next district attorney over Republican Beth Grossman.
Krasner represents change.
He vowed to prosecute police officers for excessive use of force and advocated for significant criminal justice reforms including bail reform and prisoner re-entry programs.
Krasner strongly opposes mass incarceration and the death penalty.
BY HARRISON JACOBS – BUSINESS INSIDER
Civil rights attorney Larry Krasner has always been obsessed with what it takes to make change. At the age of 11, he got into a debate with his Sunday School teacher about whether it was right to break the law for the greater good. The two were arguing over the Civil Rights movement and protests over the Vietnam War — events that shaped his life and perspective.
Today, Krasner is running for district attorney of Philadelphia, a powerful position in a city with the highest rate of incarceration of the US's 10 most populated cities.
At 56, he is pursuing elected office for the first time after a 30-year career defending radical activist groups like Black Lives Matter and Occupy Philadelphia. He's also sued police for civil rights violations more than 75 times. ...
Krasner, well-dressed in a sharply cut blue suit, tinted horn-rimmed glasses, and a well-kempt head of silvery hair, doesn't look the part of a political outsider.
With his raspy but measured speech, he could pass for a senator in a liberal state. But make no mistake, Krasner may be the most progressive candidate for such a major office in years. The center of his campaign platform is ending "mass incarceration," the constellation of state and federal policies that have put more than 2 million Americans behind bars.
BY TOM WARING — THE NORTHEAST TIMES
Democrat Larry Krasner and Republic Beth Grossman debated at Cottage Green before next week’s election.
A pretty good crowd turned out last week at the Cottage Green to hear the two candidates for district attorney outline their platforms.
The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Victim Service and the Northeast Times sponsored the debate, which consisted of opening and closing statements and questions from a moderator. The city election commissioners’ office had a resource table and brought a voting machine for guests to view.
Democrat Larry Krasner and Republican Beth Grossman squared off on the evening of Oct. 25. ...During the debate, Krasner cited his representation of more than 10,000 clients. He described himself as a “change-maker” and gladly accepts the title of outsider, adding that Grossman will merely “tweak” the system. He wants the city to close what he calls the “antiquated” House of Correction.
“I have 30 years in court. That’s a lot of experience,” he said. “That’s how real change happens, a transformational change.”