Recap of results in state’s key races
The Associated Press
A recap of results from some notable down-ballot races in Pennsylvania’s election:
A NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL
Pennsylvania’s next attorney general will be Josh Shapiro, a Montgomery County commissioner who will take over an office beset by turmoil over the arrest and conviction of a predecessor.
Voters on Tuesday chose the Democrat from the Philadelphia suburbs over Republican state Sen. John Rafferty.
He’ll be the agency’s fourth leader since August, when Democrat Kathleen Kane stepped down after being convicted of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it.
Kane has been sentenced to 10 to 23 months in prison, but is free while she appeals.
The mandatory retirement age for Pennsylvania judges is going up.
A constitutional amendment approved Tuesday will let judges remain on the bench until the end of the year in which they turn 75. That’s five years longer than currently allowed.
Passage of the ballot measure means Republican Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor won’t have to retire next month, and Democratic Justice Max Baer won’t have to step down at the end of next year.
A NEW TREASURER
Democrat Joe Torsella will be taking over an office marred by scandal after winning the race for Pennsylvania treasurer.
Torsella, of Montgomery County, beat Republican businessman Otto Voit, of Berks County.
Torsella, 53, was most recently a presidential appointee to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
The treasurer oversees a 360-employee agency that processes $90 billion in payments every year and is custodian of over $100 billion of public money.
Two of the last three elected treasurers have been embroiled in scandal. Rob McCord pleaded guilty last year to federal attempted extortion charges. Barbara Hafer is facing federal charges in a case that revolves around treasury investment contracts. She has denied wrongdoing.
State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is getting another four years as Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog.
The Democratic incumbent beat three challengers to head an office with more than 400 employees and a budget of more than $50 million.
The agency keeps watch over state spending and recommends changes to how government agencies operate.
The position has been a political launching pad in recent years. The last three people elected to it later ran for higher office.
Republican Brian Fitzpatrick will succeed his brother in Congress, winning election to the U.S. House to keep a closely divided suburban Philadelphia seat in the GOP’s column.
Fitzpatrick beat Democratic state Rep. Steve Santarsiero in a hotly contested race during which Fitzpatrick had said he wouldn’t vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The 42-year-old Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, is the brother of retiring incumbent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.
He moved from California to run.
Longtime Democratic state Rep. Dwight Evans won twice in his bid to replace convicted former Congressman Chaka Fattah.
Voters chose him to fill out Fattah’s unexpired term and for a new two-year term starting in 2017.
The 62-year-old Philadelphian has served 36 years in the Pennsylvania House, including a stint as the Appropriations Committee chairman.
Evans beat Fattah in the April 26 primary. Fattah, who held the seat for nearly 22 years, resigned June 23 after he was convicted on federal charges of using federal grants and nonprofit funds to repay an illegal $1 million loan to his 2007 failed mayoral campaign and to help family and friends.
Fattah is appealing.