PA Primaries: What You Need to Know

 seal of PaAside from the presidential primaries, three other primary elections are taking place in Pennsylvania today. There will be primary elections for Pennsylvania Attorney General, Auditor General, and State Treasurer today. 

Current Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced in February of 2016 that she would not seek a second term in office after being indicted on federal charges. The attorney general represents the state in a variety of political and legal matters. They can also have an affect on policies including tobacco, healthcare and clean energy.

Democratic Candidates:

John Morganelli: A Northampton County District Attorney

Josh Shapiro: Attorney, Montgomery Country Commisioner, Former State Representative

Steve Zappala: Pittsburgh District Attorney

Republican Candidates:

Joe Peters: Attorney, Former Police Officer

John Rafferty: Senator and former Pa Deputy Attorney General 

The Auditor General oversees the state’s spending and funding, ensuring that it is done legally. The current general is Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat who was sworn in to office in 2013. He is seeking re-election. Going against the incumbent is Republican candidate John Brown, a former mayor and Northampton County Executive, a position he won by defeating a Democratic incumbent. Brown is the first republican to win the position since 1997.

The State Treasurer manages the state’s money and serves as the chief financial officer. Current treasurer, Timothy Reese, an Independent, is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Candidates:

Joe Torsella: Former US Ambassador, Former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor

Republican Candidates:

Otto Voit: Businessman, Muhlenberg School District Board Member, Gulf War Veteran

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