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Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley seeks Democratic nod for Pa. auditor general

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By Peter Hall,  Pennsylvania Capital-Star
December 1, 2023

Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley announced on Friday that he will join the race for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania auditor general.

Pinsley, who is serving his second term as controller, would face state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) and Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), who briefly served as House speaker this year.

Touting his experience and success in identifying ways to improve the efficiency of county government, Pinsley said he is the only candidate who can flip the auditor general’s office back to Democratic control.

Incumbent Republican Tim DeFoor announced Tuesday that he would seek a second term with the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Republican Party. So far, no challengers have said they will seek the GOP nomination next year.

As a county controller, Pinsley said he is the only Democratic candidate who can match DeFoor’s experience. DeFoor was Dauphin County controller before he was elected as auditor general.

Pinsleysaid his priorities would include evaluating the financial and human costs of crisis pregnancy centers, encouraging more spending for family planning and contraceptive services, conducting a socio-economic audit of the effects of underfunding public schools, auditing state support of county election offices, evaluating Pennsylvania’s economic competitiveness, and evaluating the efficacy and fairness of the state’s county children and youth services. 

“My resume and my record are beyond question, and the Republican Party won’t be able to paint me as extreme or unqualified. I’ve served my country and community and know how to win in cities, suburbs, and rural communities. I am the only candidate who knows the job, has done the job, and can win the job,” Pinsley said.

Pinsley cited successes such as identifying ways to reduce Lehigh County’s health care costs by $70 million or 23%, advocating for children he said were wrongly removed from their families by regional hospital networks, promoting environmental sustainability and divesting public money from financial institutions that support anti-abortion candidates.

“I am the only candidate running with private sector executive experience managing multimillion-dollar budgets and public sector experience where I’ve done the work, saved taxpayers’ money, and used the office to advocate for change. My audits translate to impact,” Pinsley said.

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