Darcel Clark makes history as first African-American woman elected DA in New York State

AmNews Staff Reports | 11/4/2015, 10:24 a.m.
Justice Darcel D. Clark is elected Bronx District Attorney after beating her Republican opponent Robert Slano taking 86 percent of ...
Darcel D. Clark New York State Unified Court System

Justice Darcel D. Clark is elected Bronx District Attorney after beating her Republican opponent Robert Slano taking 86 percent of the votes. She's also made history becoming the first women to be elected Bronx DA and the first African-American woman to be elected as a DA in the State of New York

Who is Darcel Clark?

  • Worked 30 years in public service and 13 years as a judge
  • Raised in the Soundview Houses now lives in Wakefield
  • Her husband, Eaton “Ray” Davis, is an NYPD detective
  • Educated in the New York City Public School system and was the first in her family to attend college
  • Member of Thessalonia Worship Center in the South Bronx

Clark replaces former Bronx DA Robert Johnson who did not run for reelection seeking to become a judge. In September, Clark resigned from the bench and accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination to run.

A child of the Bronx, Clark is originally from the Soundview section of the borough. She earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Boston College before going to the historically-Black Howard University School of Law to earn her Juris Doctor degree.

Clark's judicial experience includes serving as Associate Justice for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court Bronx County and a criminal court judge in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Prior to becoming a judge Clark worked in the Bronx DA's office serving as Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, Supervising Assistant District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney.