PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ed Rendell has made an endorsement in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s race.

The former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor is backing Democratic candidate Joe Khan.

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“Joe is superbly qualified to be our next DA, and his record speaks for itself,” Rendell said in a statement. “He spent six years in the Philadelphia DA’s Office prosecuting violent crime and then nearly a decade in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he oversaw investigations into white collar crime and political corruption.”

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Rendell continued, “This is what we need, and Joe has what it takes – commitment, toughness, compassion, experience and smarts – to be great for our city. It is for all of these reasons, I am proud to endorse Joe Kahn to be Philadelphia’s next District Attorney.”

Current Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has pleaded not guilty to charges of taking more than $100,000 in cash and gifts.

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Williams has not resigned despite calls from Mayor Jim Kenney, former DA Lynne Abraham, and the Bar Association.