Each year, as Election Day nears, the editorial boards of the Inquirer and Daily News prepare to meet with candidates running for prominent offices in the region. During campaigns, candidates sell themselves to voters by making speeches, marching in parades, and attending community events. The endorsement meetings provide a chance for reporters and editorial writers to interview the candidates and to ask tough questions on the issues that matter to Philadelphians. The meetings are on the record. We make endorsements based on these meetings and the reporting that our colleagues have done throughout the campaigns.
This year, we want to include readers in the process for our endorsements for district attorney of Philadelphia.
The issues facing the DA's office — Black Lives Matter, civil forfeiture, violent crime and guns, political corruption, and the role of the legal system in the opioid epidemic — are, perhaps now more than ever, at the heart of Philadelphia public discourse. While Democratic candidate Larry Krasner has been widely considered to be the front-runner — in part, because it's been decades since a Republican won the DA's seat in Philadelphia — Republican candidate Beth Grossman has secured some important endorsements, including from the Philly Fraternal Order of Police.
The boards will meet with Krasner on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and with Grossman on Thursday, Oct. 5. Share your suggested questions in the form below.