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Black Clergy issues endorsements for primary

The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity gives its blessing to a full slate of candidates in the city's May 21primary election.

The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity announced Monday it is endorsing incumbent city controller Alan Butkovitz in the May 21 Democratic primary, along with seven candidates for six open spots on Common Pleas Court.

The endorsements overlapped some of the choices of Democratic City Committee, including several judicial hopefuls who had been rated "not recommended" by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The organization's endorsements for Common Pleas Judge went to Derrick Coker, Sierra Street, Giovanni Campbell, Kenneth Powell, Dawn Tancredi, Timika Lane and Dan McCaffery.  Both Street and Tancredi had failed to get the Bar Association's recommendation.

The clergy's choices for Municipal Court were the same as those of Democratic City Committee: Henry Lewandowski, Martin Coleman and Fran Shields.  Lewandowski was "not recommended" by the Bar Association panel.

The Black Clergy endorsements for Traffic Court went to Donna Laws, Omar Sabir and Donna DeRose.

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