The offices on the primary ballot are US President, PA State Attorney General, PA Auditor General, PA Treasurer, US Representative, State Senator, State Rep, and Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the Presidential Conventions. I'm starting with Auditor General because on the Democratic ballot, 6 choices are listed, and they aren't well-known names for most people (neither is the GOP candidate--I'll do him too). I'll list a short bio (most from Ballotpedia.org) for each, but feel free to research all the candidates on your own. That's the nice thing about doing a mail-in ballot. You can take your time and fact-check these candidates before deciding.
Pennsylvania's Auditor General is the chief fiscal watchdog of the commonwealth. The office is responsible for using audits to ensure that all state money is spent legally and properly. So keep in mind that you'd probably want someone who understands money to do this job.
Harry Scott Conklin is in the PA House of Representatives for the 77th legislative district in Centre County (where State College is). Conklin studied Carpentry at Clearfield County Vocational Technical School, then worked as a Carpenter's Apprentice. His professional experience includes being the owner/operator of a carpentry business for 17 years and as the current owner and operator of Conklin's Corner Antique Mall.
Michael Lamb is the Pittsburgh City Controller in Pennsylvania. He assumed office in 2007. Lamb is an attorney. In addition to his government work, he serves on the boards of the Kane Foundation, the Catholic Youth Association, the Downtown Pittsburgh YMCA, and the 3 Rivers Wet Weather Demonstration Project. He was also a founding co-chair of the community group A Plus Schools in Pittsburgh.
Tracie Fountain was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She worked in the Pennsylvania Auditor General's office for 29 years, most recently as the Audit Bureau Director, before resigning to run for the Auditor General position. In her work for the office, Fountain directed the following bureaus: School Audits, State-Aided Audits, Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association Audits, Liquor Audits, and Children and Youth Services Audits. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Of all the candidates, she has the most experience for the job.
Rose Rosie Marie Davis was born in Oklahoma. She is a Certified Public Accountant and the current Vice-Chairman of the Smithfield Township Board of Auditors, first elected in 2018. Davis' professional experience includes working in financial management consulting. She is a member of the Finance Committee of the Shawnee Valley Owners Association and the Monroe County NAACP.
Nina Ahmad is from Philadelphia and has worked as a molecular biologist and entrepreneur. Prior to running for auditor general, she was Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement in Philadelphia. She has served as president of the Philadelphia NOW and on the board of the Philadelphia Foundation. She was also a member of the National Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders under President Obama.
Christina Hartman is from Lancaster and has worked as both an independent consultant and a consultant for Cygnet Strategy and BroderickHaight Consulting. Her consulting work focuses on providing operational, strategic planning, fundraising, and management guidance to non-profit organizations and trade associations. Hartman has also worked with a variety of organizations in the international development and humanitarian fields, including Joyful Heart Foundation, National Democratic Institute, The Prince's Trust, and Freedom House.
Timothy DeFoor is the only GOP candidate for Auditor General. He was elected as Dauphin County Controller in 2015. Before that, he served in the Attorney General’s Office and is a retired special agent. He worked in the State Inspector General’s office as a special investigator, and worked for UPMC Health Plan and various federal contractors as a former Internal Auditor, Quality Manager, and Fraud Investigator.