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Race For Philadelphia District Attorney Erupts In Controversy

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

(KYW's Larry Kane) Larry Kane
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By Special Contributor Larry Kane

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The race for Philadelphia District Attorney has been a low-key affair, but that changed during an hour-long discussion of the issues.

Incumbent DA Seth Williams and GOP Challenger Danny Alvarez, who worked for eight years in the DA’s office, squared off in their first and only debate. Alvarez thinks fighting corruption should be a number one goal, but Williams thinks the priority remains gun violence.

“What I see is the biggest challenge is continuing to bring down the rate of gun violence,” Williams says. “Now gun violence is down 18-percent in the City of Philadelphia this year. Homicides are down almost 30-percent, and were going to talk about why that is.”

“It really all starts with public corruption and the fact that nothing has been done with public corruption,” Alvarez argues. “Every single time dime that is wasted in Municipal Corruption is a dime that is converted into a bullet out on our streets.”

Hear more of the debate in this CBS Philly Podcast:

The DA and the challenger join Larry Kane for their first and only debate, one hour Sunday night on Voice of Reason beginning at 9:30 p.m. on the Comcast Network.

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