Democratic voters won’t have many choices to make on the 2020 primary ballot this year, but the Auditor General race makes up for that. Six candidates are competing for your vote in the June 2 primary.
The Butler County Democratic Committee does not endorse candidates in primary elections, but it does help voters become informed. Below are a few highlights about each candidate, along with links to each candidate’s website.
For more information, video interviews with each of the candidates are available on PCN.
- A Ph.D. with a background in molecular biology, Ahmad most recently served as Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement in Philadelphia, where she participated in the management of a $4 billion operating budget in public funds.
- Policy priorities: Engaging the Auditor General’s office to improve healthcare for Pennsylvania residents
- Quote: “Between the global pandemic and the Trump Administration, we have pushed our health care system to the brink of collapse. We can change this and empower communities, by using the power of the Auditor General’s office to make sure that care and treatment for people struggling right now is financially realistic.”
- State Representative for the 77th District
- Policy priorities: Incentives for new businesses; job creation with Marcellus Shale development; protect family farms
- Quote: “When elected to this office, rest easy knowing that you have a fighter on your side who will stop fraud, eliminate waste, and make sure that your tax dollars are being spent legally and responsibly.”
- Certified Public Accountant who owns a financial management consulting business in Monroe County
- Policy priorities: Proper funding and oversight of elder care programs; equitable funding of school districts.
- Quote: “I want to be the next Auditor General because I believe the auditor general’s office should have a leader with a solid and strong audit & financial background to ensure that all of your tax dollars and mine are being spent in a reasonably, proper and fair manner and within the parameters of the applicable laws and regulations.”
- Certified Public Accountant who served in the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s office for 29 years, most recently as Audit Bureau Director
- Policy priorities: Ensuring taxpayer funds are efficiently and effectively used for their intended purposes and that funded programs are achieving their established objectives.
- Quote: “The use of taxpayer funds needs to be reviewed by effective risk-based auditing processes to ensure that modern financial solutions are developed to eliminate identified deficiencies”
- Worked as a consultant providing operational, strategic planning, fundraising, and management guidance to non-profit organizations and trade associations.
- Policy priorities: Public education, healthcare, and criminal justice reform
- Quote: “I’m running for Auditor General because I’m passionate about protecting taxpayers and their hard-earned money and ensuring that government works for all Pennsylvanians. I’ve spent my career holding government accountable, both here at home and around the world, and I want to continue that work as your next Auditor General.”
- Controller of the City of Pittsburgh
- Policy priorities: Legalized recreational marijuana, women’s reproductive rights to improve the economic wellbeing of women and families, and affordable healthcare.
- Quote: “As City Controller and as a lifelong Democrat, I have led the fight for our shared values while taking on public corruption and abuse of taxpayer dollars, and that’s exactly what I’ll do as our Auditor General.”
If you plant to vote by mail, submit your application for a ballot by May 26. Read the details in “Keep Your Distance: Vote by Mail in Butler County.”