PoliticsPA has learned that State Representative Todd Stephens is actively exploring a run for AG next year.
“It’s certainly something I’ve been exploring and considering,” Rep. Stephens told PoliticsPA. “I been discussing it with my family, as well as political and law enforcement leaders across the state.”
He did say, however, that he wants to wait for a budget to be passed before he makes a final decision. When asked about the very real possibility that an agreement won’t be reached by the June 30th deadline, he expressed his hope that the budget would be completed on-time.
“I’m hoping we can finish by our constitutional deadline,” he stated.
Stephens is a graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School and Shippensburg University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Government. He went to the Widener University School of Law.
He started out as an Assistant DA in Montgomery County before being appointed a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2004. During his time there, Stephens served as Captain of the Sex Crimes, Firearms and Major Crimes Unit.
In 2010, he defeated incumbent Democrat Rick Taylor in the State House’s 151st district. He is currently in his third term.
Stephens name has been floating around the AG race for awhile now (he was included in our April reader poll).
Given Kane’s current standing, though, many Republicans will likely test the waters of a 2016 campaign. State Sen. John Rafferty has already indicated that he’s interested.
Additionally, with a majority of Pennsylvanians against a Kane re-election effort, it is likely the incumbent AG will face a primary challenge. The most likely opponent would be Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro.
As a result, we very well could have a 2016 statewide race between two Montco officials.