Candidates’ Forum: Suffolk County District Attorney at English High on April 9th

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Five candidates have announced they're aiming to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley this November. On April 9th, come hear the candidates at forum being held at English High School.

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The Boston Chapter of the NAACP and JP Progressives are hosting a Suffolk County District Attorney's candidate forum on April 9th at English High School. Pictured from left to right: Rachael Rollins, Greg Henning, Shannon McAuliffe, Evandro Carvalho and Linda Champion.

The forum is being hosted by the Boston Chapter of the NAACP and JP Progressives at English High School from 7 to 8:30 pm. Click here to register to attend this free event.

The community is invited to submit questions for the forum's moderator by going to and choosing CODE #N071. You can post questions and vote on other questions that people have submitted.

The five candidates are all Democrats.

State Rep. Evandro Carvalho, D-5th Suffolk, was going to run for the 1st Suffolk District State Senate seat that became open when Linda Doreen Forry resigned. Instead he decided to run for Suffolk County District Attorney once Conley announced he wasn't running. Carvalho, a Dorchester resident, was previously an assistant district attorney in Conley's office. "I'll be a district attorney who understands the difference between a young man who needs a second chance and a violent criminal who needs to go to prison," said Carvalho on his campaign website.

Hyde Park lawyer Linda Champion, was assistant district attorney for Suffolk County from 2011 to 2013. She was also a board member of New England Patriots' Patrick Chung's nonprofit Chung Changing Lives that provides free academic, athletic, arts, music programming for children, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Dorchester resident Greg Henning, an assistant district attorney, has handled more than 1,000 criminal cases and conducted dozens of jury trials, according to his website. Henning touts that he instituted an internal data tracking system to help streamline firearm prosecution while with the Gun Prosecution Task Force. Henning quickly raised more than $51,000, according to the Office of Campaign & Political Finance.

Shannon McAuliffe was already preparing to run against Conley, and has quickly amounted more than $54,000 for her campaign, according to the Office of Campaign & Political Finance. For 15 years she was a lawyer representing more than 1,000 defendants in federal and state courts, according to her campaign website. She became the director of Chelsea-based Roca, which is an "...organization that disrupts the cycle of poverty and incarceration by helping high-risk young people transform their lives through positive relationships and access to education, life skills training, and employment programming."

Roxbury resident Rachael Rollins is a former chief legal council for Massport and former Assistant US Attorney, according to the Dorchester Reporter.