Unsurprisingly, DA candidate Seth Williams is stepping up his campaign for the '09 race.

Today at 2:00 p.m. he is supposed to be endorsed by a " by more than a dozen former prosecutors" according to a press release.

With District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham retiring from office, there will be no incumbent on the ballot for the first time since 1985.

As a result, the race is wide open, with about half a dozen mostly Democratic candidates said so far to be interested in competing in the May primary election.

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