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Vote for DA and more Tuesday

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:30 am

The national news media are caught up in next year’s presidential election, which only makes sense as the most unconventional chief executive in decades works to defend his seat against any one of two dozen challengers. But here in Queens, we have more immediate concerns.

Who will be our next district attorney?

On Tuesday Democrats will go to the polls to pick a nominee from a field of seven. They run the gamut, from people who’ve largely made politics their career to a longtime judge to crusading advocates for defendants. We are not taking a position here on whom you should vote for. We’re just taking the position that you should vote.

In addition to the race for DA, there are also contests for a judgeship and for committeemen and women — those volunteers who can act as sort of bridge between the public and our elected representatives at the city, state and even federal levels. Often, behind the scenes, they’re the people who are instrumental in getting you that stop sign on the corner, even if it’s your member of the City Council who’s front and center when it comes to photos of the installation.

So there are plenty of reasons to get out and vote Tuesday, when polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., though certainly the most consequential is the race for district attorney.

Given the political breakdown of Queens, whoever wins is virtually assured of success in the general election in November. And this is not your average political race. You’re not voting for one City Council member among 51 citywide. You’re not voting for someone who will be term-limited out after eight years. You’re voting for someone who could well hold the post for life, as Richard Brown, who served as DA from 1991 until earlier this year, did.

Do you want to largely continue Brown’s policies? There’s a candidate for that. Do you want a complete change in the tone and focus of the DA’s office? There are several hopefuls pledging to radically revamp things. You can find a primer on the race on page 2 of all editions of the Queens Chronicle this week, or online at qchron.com. Our website is also where you can find a slew of articles about the race since it was announced, with detailed information about each hopeful and what he or she brings to the table.

On Tuesday you’ll vote for which candidate best reflects your hopes for the office of top prosecutor in Queens. We had one DA for 28 years. The next one can only fill his shoes with the support that comes with your vote.

Welcome to the discussion.