Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ag Race Takes Shape Montgomery County Commissioner Joins Field for Pa. Attorney General

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ag Race Takes Shape Montgomery County Commissioner Joins Field for Pa. Attorney General

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Everyone, it seems, wants to get Kathleen Kane out of the Attorney General's office. Even as a state Senate committee began debating her removal Tuesday, yet another Democrat, Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, formally joined the race to replace her.

"I really feel called to this challenge," Mr. Shapiro said. "The stakes are so high, and I believe I have the background and the skill set to make a real difference."

The 42-year-old's qualifications include a six-year stint in the state Legislature, where he helped make a name for himself by pressing for ethics reforms. In 2011, he was elected a commissioner of Montgomery County, the state's third-largest and a neighbor to Philadelphia. There, Mr. Shapiro said, he gained experience "cleaning up messes," stemming from criminal charges involving his predecessor.

Those charges were later expunged, but "we had a workforce where morale was low, and a fiscal situation that was a total mess," Mr. Shapiro recalled. "I came in and conducted myself with integrity, and put in place the staff and systems to meet our obligations, and we turned it around." He convincingly won re-election last year.

The attorney general's race is already crowded. A spokesman for Ms. Kane recently signaled her desire to seek re-election, and she has four other Democratic challengers: Pittsburgh attorney Dave Fawcett, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, Delaware County prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. Republican state Sen. John Rafferty, also of Montgomery, is running as well.

Mark Nevins, a political consultant who has run a number of statewide races, said Mr. Shapiro "probably begins the race as the front-runner," because "southeast Pennsylvania is where there are the most votes. And he's a proven fundraiser." Mr. Shapiro's last campaign finance report, from late November, shows him with $1.4 million in the bank. …

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