By Greta Fenzl, Contributing Writer
PA Rep. Eugene DePasquale this week announced a laundry list of forty Pennsylvania Democratic endorsements in his bid for Auditor General bid. Lauded by his peers as reformer who has proven his ability to work both sides of the aisle in Harrisburg, the York lawmaker is aiming to replace the outgoing Jack Wagner.
The list samples heavily from the Pittsburgh area, where DePasquale grew up and hid grandfather served on City Council. Additionally, Allegheny County Executive and former gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato is expected to make a run for Auditor.
“I think philosophically he is so committed to the idea of being a good public servant that he’ll be a good check and balance to the Corbett administration, making sure that things are getting done in the public interest, and not necessarily for special interest,” explained Centre County Democratic Party chair Greg Stewart.
Bob Kefauver, DePasqule’s home county party chair, praised DePasquale’s track record in Harrisburg, as well as his personal life, as proof of his potential as Auditor General.
“I know him personally as well, and he’s not just a good legislator, he’s good people.
Family, community, these things are very important to the Rep, and that’s the type of individual I personally want to see holding elected office.”
On the Republican side, Chester County Treasurer Ann Duke, PA Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny, and investor and pundit Joe Watkins are all likely to get in the race.
Here’s the complete list (not mentioned but certainly supportive: DePasquale’s wife and York County State Committeewoman Tracey).
Rodger Babnew, Chair, Northumberland County
Dante Bertani, Chair, Westmoreland County
Jessie Bloom, Chair, Lycoming County
Richard Christopher, Chair, Lawrence County
Ed Gainey, Chair, Pittsburgh City Democratic Committee
Bob Kefauver, Chair, York County
Marilyn Levin, Chair, Dauphin County
Roger Lund, Chair, Adams County
Sally Lyall, Chair, Lancaster County
William O’Gurek, Jr, Chair, Carbon County
James Shepley, Chair, Somerset County
Michael Sisk, Chair, Beaver County
H. Leroy Stearns, Chair, Crawford County
Greg Stewart, Chair, Centre County
Chris Tarsa, Chair, Lebanon County
John Hanger, former Secretary of Environmental Protection
JoAnn Hentz, Vice-Chair, Lancaster County
Phil Scolari, Chair, Penn Hills Democratic Committee
Tonya Payne, Chair, 1st Ward Committee of Pittsburgh
Karen Rollins-Fitch, Treasurer, 12th Ward Committee of Pittsburgh
Kenneth Wolfe, Secretary, 18th Ward Committee of Pittsburgh
Jimmy Layne, Leader, 21st Ward Committee of Pittsburgh
Robert Lewis, Sr, Leader, 22nd Ward Committee of Pittsburgh
Peggy Lucas, Penn Ag Democrats
Carmella Mullen, former Vice-Chair of Allegheny Democrats
Jessica McCurdy, Treasurer, 7th Ward Committee of Pittsburgh
Martin Michael Smotzer, State Committeeman and Chair of Whitehall Boro Democrats
Tara Marks, State Committeewoman
Monica Kline, State Committeewoman
Amy Jude Smotzer, State Committeewoman
Pat Sweeney, State Committeeman
Ruth Ann Shaffer, State Committeewoman
Chad Baker, State Committeeman
Kathleen Lucas, State Committeewoman
Brandon Burg, State Committeeman
Dorothy Sweeney, State Committeewoman
Paul Harper, State Committeeman
Pat Wallace, State Committeewoman
Matthew Arena, State Committeeman
Steve Glassman, community leader