ChesCo treasurer Duke ends bid for auditor general post

A Corbett endorsement has felled another Republican primary candidate, this time in the auditor general's race. 

Chester County Treasurer Ann Duke said today she is ending her campaign for the Republican nomination for auditor general "in light of the support Representative John Maher has received from Governor Corbett."

"As I have traveled the state for the past eight months, it has been wonderful to meet dedicated Republican supporters who are committed to winning this office in November," she said in a statement. "I want to first thank all of the volunteers, Republican state committee members, and donors that have supported my campaign. I also want to offer my support to Rep. John Maher. I am confident his experience and strong financial background will make him a great Auditor General."

Maher, a seven-term lawmaker from Allegheny County, is a CPA and founder of the largest accounting firm in western Pennsylvania.

Frank Pinto, the former CEO of the Pa. Community Bankers Association, also is running for the GOP nomination.

On the Democratic side, the frontrunner is Eugene DePasquale, a House lawmaker from York. Considering a run is former Philadelphia Safe Schools Director and attorney Jack Stollsteimer. Devon Cade, of Philadelphia, who ran unsuccessfully for state House, has declared his candidacy.

Duke is the second GOP row office candidate to bow out this week because of a Corbett endorsement.

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, Sen. John Rafferty (R., Montgomery) said he was dropping his bid for the attorney general nomination after learning that Corbett was supporting his opponent, Cumberland County district attorney David Freed.

Corbett made no public endorsement of either candidate.




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