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Centre County District Attorney Candidate Rallies Women Supporters

Bernie Cantorna and a group of mostly women.
Emily Reddy

Centre County District Attorney candidate Bernie Cantorna rallied supporters Tuesday night in State College. The longtime attorney is taking on two-term incumbent Stacy Parks Miller. 

Cantorna told the few dozen supporters at the "Women for Bernie" event if he's elected he'll focus on fairness, rehabilitation, crime prevention and reducing turnover within the DA's office. He said he’s been surrounded by strong women his whole life, like his mother.

“She put herself through school and became a nurse," Cantorna said. "She was a feminist before the word feminist existed.”

Attorney Justine Andronici says just because Cantorna’s competitor is a woman doesn't make her a better choice for women. 

“Really, it’s about who has the concerns that I care about at the forefront of their mind and is willing to stay focused on them," Andronici said. "And I believe that is Bernie Cantorna.”

DA Stacy Parks Miller's time in office has been marked by scandal. But she’s called attacks against her ‘politically motivated.’

With no Republicans in the race, the winner of the primary will be the next Centre County district attorney.  

Emily Reddy is the news director at WPSU-FM, the NPR-affiliate public radio station for central and northern Pennsylvania.