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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:30 am

The ongoing count in the race for Queens district attorney shows how fortuitous it was that primaries were moved up to June from September.

As of press time, only 16 votes separated the two leading candidates in the Democratic primary held June 25, with Borough President Melinda Katz in the lead over public defender Tiffany Cabán. We back Katz, believing Cabán's policies would mark too radical a shift away from the law-and-order approach of late District Attorney Richard Brown.

But however, the tally plays out, we’re sure glad there’s plenty of time between now and the general election — time for any candidate challenging the eventual Democratic nominee to raise money and get his or her message out there, and time for more voters to become aware of the race and pick their favorite. Turnout in the primary was abysmal, and it’s vital that most Queens voters have their say in November. District attorney, a position with no term limits is simply too important a post for a small share of electorate to make a decision on.

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