Wednesday, October 26, 2016

PA Auditor General and Treasurer Candidates

This election's ballot includes a few offices and candidates you probably haven't heard about. Here's info about the candidates for state Auditor General and Treasurer. Where I can, I listed websites where you can  find bios and stances on issues. One other resource is, which is run by the League of Women Voters. If you put in your address, then click the green button, you can get the offices on your ballot and info about the candidates.

Pennsylvania's Auditor General ensures state funds are being used properly and efficiently. He or she conducts financial and performance audits of individuals, state agencies, and organizations that receive state funds, including school districts, state liquor stores, and public pensions. The candidates:

Incumbent Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D) is running for a second term. His campaign website is

The Republican is John A Brown, currently serving as Northampton County Executive (last 2 years). Before that he was mayor of Bangor, PA. His website is

Roy Minet is running on the Libertarian ticket. He's a retired businessman. He has no website, but information can be found on the Libertarian Party's site at this link.

John J Sweeney is the Green Party candidate. He has served on the Board of Auditors for Falls Township, and owns Jay's Woodfinishing and Painting in Wyoming County. He has a Facebook page at this link. _________________________

Pennsylvania's Treasurer manages the state's finances, including debt, investments, revenue, and pension funds. In Pennsylvania, the treasurer also manages several public investment programs and investigates fraudulent use of public monies. The incumbent is not seeking re-election.

Republican Otto Voit has served for the last 19 years as President of Keystone Dental Group, a division of Keystone Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of products serving the dental and cosmetic industries. He has also served as CFO/General Manager. His website is

Democrat Joseph Torsella served as US Ambassador to the UN from 2011-14. Before that, he served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. He was the founding President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, and served as Deputy Mayor of Philly under Rendell. His website is

Libertarian James Babb is a Montgomery County advertising consultant. He told the Reading newspaper he would eliminate "state tax" (which he wouldn't be able to do unless on the legislature, but if he could, he didn't say how he would then pay his own salary if elected). He has no website or Facebook page, and even the Libertarian Party page lists nothing about him except contact information. I did find a few facts and a little statement from him at

Kristin Combs of the Green Party is a public school teacher in Philadelphia. She volunteers with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, a non-profit working to uphold the human rights of all people regardless of color, creed, sexual identity, or socioeconomic status, and sings with the A Cappella Project, a Philadelphia, a non-profit dedicated to arts promotion and education. No website or Facebook page, but there's a bio at

Don't forget, you can view your sample ballot at this link and find your polling location at

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