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March 31, 2021

Watch District Attorney Candidates’ Forum

One of the first public forums featuring the three candidates, Monday’s event attracted more than 700 attendees

The Philadelphia Bar Association hosted a virtual forum Monday featuring the three candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney – incumbent Larry Krasner, Democratic challenger Carlos Vega and Republican candidate Charles Peruto. One of the first public forums featuring the three candidates, the event attracted nearly 600 attendees.

Candidates were asked questions on a variety of issues related to the administration of justice in Philadelphia, including questions submitted by the audience through the Zoom QA feature. Riley Ross, chairman of the Association’s Board of Governors, acted as moderator. The event was organized by the Association’s Criminal Justice Section, City Policy Committee, Civil Rights Committee, and Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee.

“We are proud to have provided a platform for more than 700 people to hear from the three candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney, an office that plays a key role in shaping the future of criminal justice in Philadelphia” Bar Association Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna said.

“Connecting our community with elected officials and educating voters has long been a key part of our mission,” she continued. “Events like this one, and the work of our Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention ¬– which will release its full slate of 2021 judicial candidate recommendations next week – play a key role in helping voters make an informed decision when completing their ballots in the May primary and November general election.”

Each attendee was asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of the forum. You can read their responses below: