Long-standing district attorneys in Queens and the Bronx appear to be on paths to easy re-election this fall, with no challengers in the September primary and endorsements from the major political parties.
Candidate petitions, which were due at the city Board of Elections late Thursday night, show no primary challengers to Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson or Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Mr. Johnson, the Bronx’s longest-serving district attorney, took office in 1989. Mr. Brown has been serving as the top prosecutor in Queens since 1991. Both men secured endorsements from the county Democratic, Republican and Conservative parties.
The lack of competition in Queens and the Bronx, albeit expected, raised concerns among some government watchdogs.
“Electoral competition is always good for our democracy, and when longtime sitting elected officials are not challenged at the ballot box, it is unfortunate, even if they are doing a good job,” said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, a civic group.
Without a challenger, Mr. Dadey said, “these contests become less an election and more a coronation.”