Incumbent Auditor General Jack Wagner is term-limited and so this will be an open seat race.  The position of Auditor General has been an elected post since 1850.  Seven of the past eight Auditor Generals, including the incumbent, have been Democrats.

Democratic Nominee:

Eugene DePasquale:

Eugene DePasquale has represented York County’s 95th District in the House of Representatives since 2007. Soon after taking office, he became the first Pennsylvania state legislator to post his expenses on his website.  From 2003 to 2006 he served as the Deputy Secretary for Community Revitalization and Local Government Support of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he is the grandson of former Pittsburgh City Council President  Eugene “Jeep” DePasquale.  He graduated from the College of Wooster, earned an M.P.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from Widener University School of Law.  He, his wife and their two children live in West Manchester Township, where he also coaches youth basketball. 

Republican Nominee:

John A. Maher:

From Allegheny County, John Maher has been a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since September 1997, representing the 40th District.   A CPA since 1983, Rep. Maher launched one of the largest CPA auditing firms founded in Pennsylvania during the past half-century. He is a graduate of Duke University, with an A.B. degree in Management Sciences/Accounting.  He also completed scholarship studies at Oxford University and the Australian Graduate School of Management. He has been a guest instructor at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Community College of Allegheny County adjunct faculty.   He served on the National Advisory Board, Center for Government Accounting Research and Education during the 1990s and the national governing body of the American Institute of CPAs in 2009 and 2010.


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