Rafferty, Brown, Voit each deserve your vote

When it comes to general elections, some of the most often overlooked political races involve those for the state-level row offices of Attorney General, Auditor General and Treasurer.

The fact they are often overlooked makes them no less important, as these three offices play a key role in maintaining the proper checks and balances within our state government, and they are to a large degree responsible for holding our state elected officials both legally and fiscally accountable.

So it is, with a somewhat less-than-frugal Democratic governor in Harrisburg and a disgraced former attorney general convicted of perjury, that The Sentinel offers our endorsement of three Republican candidates: John Rafferty for Attorney General, John Brown for Auditor General, and Otto Voit for Treasurer.

Rafferty is a longtime state senator from Montgomery County who previously served as  a Deputy Attorney General in the 1980s. As a senator, his legislative priorities have included improving Pennsylvania’s transportation system, fighting drunk driving, combating prescription drug abuse and ensuring that police, firefighters and emergency responders have the resources and tools they need to do their jobs. He has also worked for increased protection of children and communities through his sponsorship of Jessica’s Law and his strong support of improvements to Megan’s Law.

Brown currently serves as the Northampton County Executive, where he has worked with the county council to reform local government by identifying waste, fraud and abuse to cut $37 million from the county’s annual budget and tripled its general fund. He pledges to bring that same level of commitment to Harrisburg and aggressively search to find and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in government spending.

Berks County resident Otto Voit has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of finance, accounting and operations. For the past 19 years he has served as president of the  Keystone Dental Group, a division of Keystone Industries that manufactures and distributes  products serving the dental and cosmetic industries worldwide. He also serves as treasurer for the Pennsylvania School Board Association, a non-profit state-wide association of public school boards.

We believe these men possess the professional and life experiences that will enable them to properly hold our elected officials accountable and also restore a higher level of integrity within our state government. For these reasons, we feel they each deserve your vote on Tuesday.