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Choices For Controller Dominate Philadelphia Primary Ballot

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Today brings the Pennsylvania primary, and Philadelphia voters will choose among their party’s candidates for District Attorney, and judicial vacancies.

Incumbent Democrat Alan Butkovitz (who is spoken of frequently as a potential mayoral candidate in two years) is seeking his third term in office. While he has the backing of the Democratic City Committee, he does face two primary challengers: 44-year-old Brett Mandel, a former aide to the previous controller Jonathan Saidel; and 60-year Mark Zecca, an attorney who had spent years with the city’s Law Department and who is the son of Tony Zecca, a former aide to the late mayor Frank Rizzo.

On the Republican ballot for Controller, 30-year-old Terrance Tracy is unopposed.

In the race for District Attorney, incumbent Seth Williams is unopposed on the Democratic ballot as he seeks a second term. The sole GOP candidate for DA is former assistant district attorney Daniel Alvarez.

Also on the ballot for Philadelphia voters: judicial vacancies that include openings on Traffic Court, which some state lawmakers hope to abolish amid an ongoing corruption scandal.

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