Election 2017

The 2017 Philly DA’s race endorsement tracker: Who’s supporting whom?

Maybe that’ll help you decide.

Dan Levy / Billy Penn

Still undecided about who you might cast a vote for in the Philadelphia district attorney’s race? You’re not alone.

We want to help (and fast — you better decide and go vote soon), so we’ve compiled a “who’s who” of endorsements in both the race for district attorney and the race for city controller. The public figures, political groups and institutions supporting specific candidates might give you a glimpse into each of their priorities.

Make sure you check out our full procrastinator’s guide to the election, complete with this information and way more on every candidate. And if you’re interested in more of this stuff, read Philly Weekly reporter Max Marin’s excellent piece breaking down the DA endorsements by ward.

Here’s your list of who’s supporting whom in the competitive primaries for district attorney and city controller taking place today:

District attorney

Rich Negrin

Rich Negrin

Rich Negrin


  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 5 (A.K.A. The union representing Philadelphia Police)
  • Editorial boards of The Philly Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Guardian Civic League
  • National Black Police Officers Association
  • Pennsylvania Democratic Latino Caucus
  • Sheet Metal Workers, Local 19
  • African-Caribbean African-Latino PAC
  • Philly Set Go

Joe Khan

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.11.40 PM
  • Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who served as the Philadelphia District Attorney between 1978 and 1985
  • Gold Star father Khizr Khan (the father who spoke at the Democratic National Convention)
  • Former congresswoman Allyson Schwartz
  • Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women
  • State Rep. Mike O’Brien
  • The Philadelphia Tribune, America’s oldest newspaper serving the African-American community

Michael Untermeyer

Michael Untermeyer

Michael Untermeyer

Untermeyer campaign
  • Sheriff Jewel Williams
  • State Sen. Anthony Williams

Tariq El-Shabazz

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 10.34.57 AM
  • Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
  • Philadelphia Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.
  • Philadelphia Councilwoman Cindy Bass
  • Former Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller
  • Laborers’ District Council
  • Laborers’ Local 332
  • Transport Workers Union Local 234

Larry Krasner

Larry Krasner announces his campaign for district attorney

Larry Krasner announces his campaign for district attorney

Screenshot via YouTube
  • Philadelphia Gay News
  • Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP) AFT L.4531 – AFL-CIO
  • Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia (FSFCCP) AFT L.2026 – AFL-CIO
  • UNITE HERE Locals 274 and 634
  • MoveOn.org
  • Neighborhood Networks
  • Real Justice PAC
  • Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP)
  • Democracy for America
  • Color of Change PAC
  • Our Revolution
  • 215 People’s Alliance
  • Food & Water Action Fund
  • Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club
  • Penn Democrats
  • AFSCME District 1199C National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees – AFL-CIO
  • The B.L.O.C. Party – Build, Lead, Organize, Campaign
  • Philly for Change
  • Pennsylvania Working Families
  • Center for Carceral Communities
  • Reclaim Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Federation Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division (BMWED) – IBT
  • Shaun King, Black Lives Matter activist and New York Daily News writer
  • Councilwoman Helen Gym
  • Rep. Chris Rabb
  • Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Black Clergy of Philadelphia
  • State Sen. Vincent Hughes

Teresa Carr Deni

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 10.45.53 AM
Teresa Carr Deni on Facebook

We weren’t able to locate major endorsements for Carr Deni.

Jack O’Neill

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.18.38 PM
Facebook/Jack O'Neill
  • Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA13)
  • State Rep. Kevin Boyle
  • City Controller Alan Butkovitz
  • City Commissioner Lisa Deeley
  • State Rep. Michael Driscoll
  • City Councilman Bobby Henon
  • State Rep. Ed Neilson
  • Margaret Tartaglione, 62nd Ward Leader
  • Sprinkler Fitters Local 692
  • Plumbers Local 690
  • Reinforced Iron Workers Riggers and Machinery Movers Local 405
  • I.A.T.S.E. Local 8
  • IAFF Local 22
  • Elevator Constructors Local 5
  • Insulators and Allied Workers Local 14
  • Ironworkers Local 401
  • Communication Workers of America
  • Roofers Local 30
  • City Councilman Mark Squilla
  • State Rep. Bill Keller

City Controller

Rebecca Rhynhart

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 1.35.10 PM
Rebecca for Philadelphia
  • Former Gov. Ed Rendell
  • Millennials in Action
  • Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia
  • National Organization for Women
  • Philadelphia Inquirer/ Philadelphia Daily News
  • Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity
  • IATSE Local 8

Alan Butkovitz

Kaylee Tornay / Billy Penn
  • Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO
  • Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks
  • Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
  • Philadelphia Building Trades Council
  • SEIU 32BJ
  • AFSCME DC33, 47 and 1199C
  • Philadelphia Tribune
  • Americans for Democratic Action
  • Philadelphia Public Record

Want some more? Explore other Election 2017 stories.

Mornings are for coffee and local news

Billy Penn’s free morning newsletter gives you a daily roundup of the top Philly stories you need to start your day.

You finished another Billy Penn article — keep it up!

We hope you found it useful, fun, or maybe even both. If you want more stories like this, will you join us as a member today?

Nice to see you (instead of a paywall)

Billy Penn’s mission is to provide free, quality information to Philadelphians through our articles and daily newsletter. If you believe local journalism is key to a healthy community, join us!

Your donation brought this story to life

Billy Penn only exists because of supporters like you. If you find our work valuable, consider making a sustaining donation today.

Being informed looks good on you

Thanks for reading another article, made possible by members like you. Want to share BP with a friend?