Endorsement season is officially upon us, and Republican Auditor General candidate John Maher has won the first: from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Maher, a state Rep. from Allegheny County, is running against Democratic state Rep. Eugene DePasquale of York County.
Here’s what they had to say about Maher:
Mr. Maher, 53, also has ably served in the Legislature, representing the 40th House District since his 1997 election. It is his work outside of government, however, that gives him the edge over Mr. DePasquale.
Mr. Maher is an auditor. Although that professional certification is not a requirement to run for auditor general — and it’s not training that recent occupants have brought to the office — it is expertise that provides a tie-breaker in the contest between this year’s qualified candidates.
The paper also had kind words for DePasquale:
It will be easy for Pennsylvania voters to select a new auditor general who has integrity, inside knowledge of government and the experience to push for better ways to use taxpayers’ money. That’s because the description fits both major party candidates — Democrat Eugene DePasquale of York and Republican John Maher of Upper St. Clair.
The newly elected lawmaker’s first act was to post his legislative expenses online, a move that angered many of his colleagues but a decision that cemented Mr. DePasquale’s credentials among the electorate.
Both men are scheduled to debate this Friday, September 21 in Harrisburg. The debate will also include Libertarian candidate Betsy Summers.