Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. If you're heading to the polls in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, here are the local candidates we think you should support.
Philadelphia District Attorney
Inquirer Endorsement: Beth Grossman (R)
Grossman is a career prosecutor. She's worked in every division of the office and has a strong administrative background, having headed divisions within, and she also served as chief of staff at the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
But she also headed the DA's Public Nuisance Task Force, which so abused the civil forfeiture law that a federal lawsuit forced change. Under that program, people not even accused of a crime lost their houses and cars because of alleged actions by family members. She says she was following the rules at that time, and that now she would not take property unless the owner was convicted of a crime. That's the right answer.
Full text of the endorsement: Beth Grossman has the energy, strong background, and skills to be Philly's next DA
Philadelphia City Controller
Inquirer Endorsement: Rebecca Rhynhart (D)
Full text of the endorsement: Rhynhart a smart choice to become Philly's first female controller
Pa. Ballot Question: Homestead Exemption
Full text of the question: Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to permit the General Assembly to enact legislation authorizing local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property within a local taxing jurisdiction, rather than limit the exclusion to one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property, which is the existing law?
Inquirer Endorsement: Vote no.
Full text of the editorial: Why it's not a good idea to end Pa.'s property tax
New Jersey Governor
Inquirer Endorsement: Phil Murphy (D)
Full text of the endorsement: Murphy's experience, ideas make him the best choice to be N.J.'s next governor
New Jersey State Senator
Inquirer Endorsement: Steve Sweeney (D)
Full text of the endorsement: Don't believe TV attack ads; Sweeney the better choice for N.J. voters
Read the complete Voter Guide for the 2017 Pennsylvania and New Jersey general elections on Philly.com.