DA and Controller Only Races of Note on 2013 Election Day in Philadelphia

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today is expected to be a relatively quiet election day in Philadelphia, with only two local races of note: for district attorney and for city controller.

Both the DA’s race and the race for controller feature Democratic incumbents challenged by little-known and under-financed Republicans.

Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s first African-American district attorney, is seeking a second term.  Opposing him is a newcomer to local politics, Daniel Alvarez.  He is a former assistant DA who is now in private practice  (see related story).

In the controller’s race, incumbent Alan Butkovitz is going for his third term, and is challenged by Republican Terrance Tracy, a retail business manager.

Butkovitz is considered a potential mayoral candidate in 2015.  As is recent tradition in Philadelphia in an off-year election, turnout today is expected to be light.

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