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GOP candidate challenges incumbent DA to debates

Danny Al­varez, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for dis­trict at­tor­ney, is chal­len­ging in­cum­bent Demo­crat­ic D.A. Seth Wil­li­ams to a series of de­bates.

Al­varez re­called Wil­li­ams telling the Daily News that, “The in­cum­bent must de­fend his or her re­cord in of­fice, while the chal­lenger’s role is to con­vince voters they can do a bet­ter job.”

The chal­lenger be­lieves the best and most trans­par­ent way for can­did­ates to reach voters is through pub­lic de­bates. Fail­ing to have de­bates are an af­front to voters, he said, adding that de­bates min­im­ize the in­flu­ence of spe­cial in­terest groups spend­ing money on cam­paigns.

The Wil­li­ams cam­paign did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment. Al­varez, a Somer­ton res­id­ent and mar­ried fath­er of two, served as a an as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­ney for more than eight years. He is now an as­so­ci­ate at Lamb McEr­lane, where he is a mem­ber of the crim­in­al de­fense prac­tice.

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City Coun­cil Pres­id­ent Dar­rell Clarke has en­dorsed state Rep. Brendan Boyle in his cam­paign for the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict seat.

“I know he cares deeply about our city and our re­gion,” Clarke said. “He will do a great job for us in D.C.”

Mean­while, City Coun­cil­wo­man Cindy Bass has en­dorsed former con­gress­wo­man Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies in the race. Bass, who once worked for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fat­tah, cited Mar­gol­ies’ tie-break­ing vote in 1993 for Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton’s eco­nom­ic plan.

“As seni­or policy ad­viser for urb­an and do­mest­ic policy to Con­gress­man Fat­tah, I saw firsthand the im­pact that one wo­man could have in chan­ging the dir­ec­tion of our coun­try,” Bass said. “I saw how Mar­jor­ie’s one vote cre­ated eco­nom­ic op­por­tun­ity for small busi­ness to grow across our con­gres­sion­al dis­trict. Mar­jor­ie showed all of us what an agent of change looks like, and I am proud to en­dorse her re­turn to Con­gress be­cause Wash­ing­ton des­per­ately needs her lead­er­ship now more than ever.”

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The Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee last week of­fi­cially opened its new headquar­ters at 3525-27 Cottman Ave. in May­fair. The loc­al GOP, which had been headquartered in Cen­ter City, served hot dogs, soft pret­zels and wa­ter ice on Aug. 14.

State Rep. John Taylor, the new party chair­man, said city Re­pub­lic­ans will be stress­ing is­sues such as qual­ity of life, edu­ca­tion and fisc­al re­spons­ib­il­ity.

“We have a great loc­a­tion, great can­did­ates and plenty of en­ergy,” he said.

Among those in at­tend­ance were Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Ken Pow­ell and Anne Mar­ie Coyle, a can­did­ate for a seat on Com­mon Pleas Court. Ju­di­cial can­did­ates are per­mit­ted to file on both ma­jor-party bal­lots.

Coyle is all but as­sured of vic­tory be­cause she won both the Demo­crat­ic and Re­pub­lic­an primar­ies. Pow­ell has an up­hill battle be­cause he did not win on the Demo­crat­ic side, but he con­tin­ues to cam­paign.

“I’m not stop­ping,” he said.

Oth­ers in at­tend­ance in­cluded city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er Al Schmidt and Joe De­Fe­lice, the loc­al party’s new ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or.

De­Fe­lice ex­pects low turnout in this year’s gen­er­al elec­tion, but hopes Re­pub­lic­ans come to the polls in big­ger num­bers than Demo­crats. He ex­pects 80,000 votes to be enough to win the races for dis­trict at­tor­ney and city con­trol­ler. ••

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