2010-01-07 / Local & State

Philadelphia’s First Black DA Set To Take Office Monday

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia’s first black district attorney will take the oath of office on Monday.

Seth Williams will also be the city’s first new DA in nearly 20 years. He will be inaugurated in a ceremony at the Kimmel Center at 10 a.m. Monday.

He succeeds longtime incumbent Lynne Abraham, who did not seek another term. She has served in the post since 1991.

In the May primary, Williams defeated four other Democrats to earn his party’s nomination. He easily defeated Republican Michael Untermeyer in the November general election.

Williams’ victory came four years after he unsuccessfully challenged Abraham, his former boss and a fellow Democrat.

Williams had the backing of several key African-American groups, some of which have criticized Abraham for her aggressive pursuit of the death penalty.

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