Pennsylvania's deputy treasurer of consumer programs and public engagement announced his candidacy for Delaware County District Attorney Tuesday night during a meeting of the Haverford Township Democratic Committee, which he chaired from 2014 to 2018.

“Parents and families in Delaware County all want neighborhoods that are safe, and a criminal justice system that is fair and treats everyone with dignity,” said Jack Stollsteimer in a release Wednesday. “I’m running for district attorney because we can do so much better than the broken system we have now.”

Stollsteimer, a former assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and assistant district attorney in Delaware County, said in the release that he has developed a 10-point “Smart on Crime” agenda outlining his aims if elected.

“My Smart on Crime agenda is a series of common sense reforms designed to help us fight gun violence and protect our workers,” he said. “It will help us end the opioid epidemic while treating people living with addiction with compassion. I’m looking forward to talking to our neighbors about my agenda, and how we can build a safer future together.”

Born in Philadelphia to a World War II Ukrainian refugee from a Nazi slave labor camp, Stollsteimer graduated from Ridley High School, Thomas Edison State University and earned his juris doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Delaware County Bar Association and is a founding member of the Delco Coalition for Prison Reform.

Stollsteimer was also appointed by then-Gov. Ed Rendell as the Safe Schools Advocate for the Philadelphia School District in 2006. He previously ran for state Attorney General in 2015, but bowed out in January 2016 and endorsed current A.G. Josh Shapiro for the position.

Current Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland, a Republican, was appointed last January to serve out the remainder of former District Attorney Jack Whelan’s term when he was elected to the Delaware County  Common Pleas Court in 2017.

Copeland is also a Beasley Law School graduate and a longtime Radnor resident. She previously served for 19 years in the Delaware County District Attorney’s office, stepping down as deputy district attorney in 2011 to take a post with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia.

Copeland, who previously indicated that she also intends to run for a full, four-year term when her appointment expires this year, reiterated that intention Wednesday.

“It would be an honor to continue serving Delaware County residents as their district attorney,” said Copeland in a statement. “With a 26-year prosecutorial career, I have made public service and the pursuit of justice my life’s work, and it is my hope to continue those efforts by leading the brave men and women of law enforcement, our committed prosecutors and our partner community agencies, who are all dedicated to serving the residents of Delaware County.”

Copeland added that she is proud of the work she has done since her appointment, including an expansion of the countywide Narcan program to fight the opioid epidemic, launching the District Attorney’s Anti-Violence Strike Force to address violent crime and reducing the countywide homicide rate by 23 percent.

“While we have had many accomplishments this past year, there is still a great deal I look forward to achieving for our residents,” she said. “It is my hope that they will honor me with the privilege and opportunity to continue to serve them as their District Attorney.”

W. Craig Williams, a Republican and former 7th District congressional candidate, had previously expressed an interest in running against Copeland in the primary election, but said Wednesday that he has decided to focus on his home town of Concord instead.

The District Attorney’s salary is set by the state at $179,299 annually.

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