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Phila. DA Seth Williams Challenged By Former Asst. DA Danny Alvarez

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By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams faces a Republican challenge today from attorney Danny Alvarez, who, facing long odds in this Democratic-controlled city, has taken an aggressive run at the incumbent.

Alvarez, a former assistant DA, says Williams has wasted a chance to make the city better by focusing on public corruption.

“It’s really one of two things,” Alvarez says.  “It could be that there is no corruption in Philadelphia city government, and that there is no need to come down with more investigations and indictments, and there have been none to date.  Or, there is a lot of corruption in city government and absolutely nothing is being done about it.”

Williams rejects the notion that his office has ignored corruption investigations but says his priorities are the priorities of Philadelphians, and the top priority is making the city safer.

Williams says actions by his office have helped reduce gun violence and the number of homicides in the city.

Polls close at 8pm across Pennsylvania.

Stay tuned to KYW Newsradio 1060, CBS-3, and CBS Philly for all the results from Election Day 2013.