Allegheny County DA: Zappala Fends Off Challenge from Middleman
He’ll serve a sixth term.
Longtime Democratic Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala fended off a challenge from his left in Independent candidate, public defender, Lisa Middleman.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Middleman conceded the race Tuesday night around 10:15.
Zappala held around a 12 point lead with approximately 230,000 votes cast.
“During my administration we have changed just about everything with our criminal justice system. We changed how we handle charging, how we handle bail,” Zappala said, according to the Post-Gazette. “We made those changes here, and they were repeated across Pennsylvania.”
Zappala had the backing of members in the Allegheny County Democratic Committee and former GOP Gov. Tom Corbett, while Middleman has received endorsements from Democratic state Reps. Summer Lee, Ed Gainey, and Sara Innamorato, and SEIU Healthcare.