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Republican David Freed is a candidate for state attorney general.

In the open and hotly contested race for Pennsylvania attorney general, experience and commitment to criminal prosecution go to Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed. The Republican is a lifelong, no-nonsense prosecutor. His Democrat opponent, former Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane, suggests law enforcement has to change its “priorities” to prevent crime. The focus for this important office must be clear. For attorney general, vote for David Freed.

In a state where corruption and Harrisburg go hand in hand, the next auditor general must continue the bird-dogging tradition of Jack Wagner, who’s term-limited and stepping down. The clear choice is Republican state Rep. John Maher of Allegheny County, a CPA who built his own auditing firm and whose commitment to government transparency and accountability is unflinching. His Democrat opponent, York County state Rep. Eugene DePasquale, doesn’t have the same bona fides. On Nov. 6, vote for John Maher for auditor general.

For state treasurer, Republican challenger and longtime Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan offers innovation over the status quo of Democrat incumbent Rob McCord. And that will be crucial in dealing with the state’s pension crisis. Among Mrs. Irey Vaughan’s accomplishments: seven consecutive county budgets balanced without a tax increase. She’ll do for Harrisburg what she’s done for her county. For treasurer, vote for Diana Irey Vaughan.

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