Exploring a Political Future by Email

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State Representative Eugene DePasquale does not have a lot of time on his hands, which is why he announced through an email on Tuesday that he might run for Auditor General.

With the House in Session, DePasquale’s announcement did not follow the traditional way because he says he does not want to miss votes. DePasquale, a Democrat from York, was elected to his third term last November..

The seat is up for grabs in 2012. Auditor General Jack Wagner must step down after serving the constitutional limit of two terms.

DePasquale, a reform-minded lawmaker, said he is motivated to seek the job because he says Pennsylvania needs to counterbalance Republican governor and Republican majority.

“If elected Auditor General, I will hold Governor Corbett accountable for how he spends taxpayer dollars for how he spends taxpayer dollars by bringing greater disclosure of spending and by identifying ways that the state government can save money,” said DePasquale in a news release.

DePasquale says his long held beliefs that a government is only effective when it is accessible and efficient has guided is guiding him.

“The state’s continuing budget deficits underscore how critical it is to protect taxpayer dollars and lessen the painful budget cuts that need to be made.”

DePasquale was the first lawmaker to post his expenses online and has been a staunch supporter of Pennsylvania’s open records law.

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