Allegheny County DA Zappala faces challenge from independent Middleman, a longtime public defender

By: Megan Guza November 3, 2019

Allegheny County Public Defender Lisa Middleman is the second candidate to try to topple District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.’s 20-year tenure.

Turahn Jenkins challenged Zappala, 62, in the Democratic primary in May. Jenkins, who left his post as the chief deputy director of the county public defender’s office to enter the race, took about 40% of the vote.

That on its own shows the unusual political circumstances surrounding this election, said Philip Harold, an associate dean and political science professor at Robert Morris University. Read more at TribLIVE.

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