Petitions pile up at deadline for Pennsylvania primary
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Candidates for president of the United States and for state attorney general, treasurer and auditor general had until Tuesday’s 5 p.m. close-of-business deadline in Pennsylvania to file paperwork to make Pennsylvania’s April 28 primary ballot. A look at who filed, according to information from state election officials:
Filing for the Democratic primary are California billionaire Tom Steyer; former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; and former Vice President Joe Biden.
President Donald Trump has filed for the Republican primary, as did former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, has filed in his bid for a second four-year term.
Filing for the Republican primary is Heather Heidelbaugh, a Pittsburgh-area lawyer making her first statewide electoral bid.
Tim DeFoor, Dauphin County’s elected controller, has filed for the Republican primary.
Among those filing for the Democratic primary are Pittsburgh’s third-term city controller Michael Lamb; Nina Ahmad, a former Philadelphia deputy mayor who lost a 2018 primary bid for lieutenant governor; Tracie Fountain, a three-decade veteran employee of the auditor general’s office; Christina Hartman, a former congressional candidate from Lancaster County who has worked in human rights and nonprofit advocacy; Rose Davis, a certified public account from Monroe County; and Scott Conklin, a state lawmaker from Centre County who was also the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor in 2010 on that year’s failed Democratic gubernatorial ticket.
The incumbent, Democrat Eugene DePasquale, is constitutionally barred from seeking a third, four-year term.
Treasurer Joe Torsella, a Democrat, has filed in his bid for a second four-year term.
Filing for the Republican primary is Stacy Garrity, an executive for a powdered metals supplier based in northern Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania’s newly competitive congressional seats drew at least 54 people filing to run. All 18 incumbents — nine Democrats and nine Republicans — serving in the U.S. House filed to run again, and all 18 are slated to have a general election challenge. Just three incumbents — Democrats Mike Doyle of Pittsburgh and Mary Gay Scanlon of Delaware County and Republican Brian Fitzpatrick of Bucks County — are slated to have a primary challenge. Of note, DePasquale, the outgoing state auditor general, filed to challenge four-term Republican Rep. Scott Perry in the Harrisburg-area 10th district.