Krasner picks up key ward leaders and more PAC support for DA

BY CHRIS BRENNAN – PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Could the May 16 Democratic primary election for district attorney resemble the party’s primary for mayor two years ago?

Larry Krasner, a civil rights lawyer, picked up the much-sought-after endorsements Monday of several ward leaders and elected officials from “the Northwest Coalition,” known for their reliability in turning out voters on Election Day.

Chief among them is former City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, who helped propel Mayor Kenney to office when the coalition -- which represents predominantly African American neighborhoods -- backed him in the 2015 six-candidate primary.

Tasco told a crowd gathered in front of the District Attorney’s Office that she didn’t know Krasner until he came to the 50th Ward, which she leads, to discuss his career as a defense attorney.

“I like him because I care about people having a fair shot,” Tasco said. “Some people are going to go away [to jail], but they will have a fair shot at giving up their story.”

Tasco was joined by State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, who heads the 10th Ward; City Council members Cherelle L. Parker and Maria Quiñones Sánchez, and 42nd Ward leader Elaine Tomlin.

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