After nearly a year of scandal and uncertainty, Philadelphia has a new district attorney.
On Tuesday, Philadelphia voters elected Democrat Larry Krasner, a civil rights attorney, to the city’s chief law enforcement office.
Krasner, who has no prior experience as a prosecutor, beat Republican Beth Grossman, a former Democrat and assistant district attorney.
Krasner’s win in the Democratic primary in April attracted national attention from high-profile figures like John Legend, a Grammy Award-winning singer and 1999 College graduate, due to his focus on progressive criminal justice reform and his background as a defense attorney.
He promised to not consider the death penalty for offenders, protect immigrant rights in the city, and avoid requiring cash bail in the trials of non-violent offenders.
While Philadelphia’s crime rate has fallen in recent years, the city has the highest rate of incarceration per capita out of the 10 largest cities in the nation, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The DA race was especially high-profile this election due the scandals of former DA Seth Williams, who resigned in June after pleading guilty to charges of bribery, extortion, and fraud. He was sentenced to five years in prison late last month.
City residents also elected Democrat Rebecca Rhynhart to be city controller, who serves as the chief auditor of Philadelphia’s finances, and Democrat Dwayne Woodruff to serve on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Voters also approved the borrowing of $172 million for the improvement and maintenance of five areas of Philadelphia life including public transit, parks and recreation, and economic and community development.
This is a developing story that was last updated on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 9:56 p.m. Check back for updates.