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2nd lawmaker declares bid for top Pennsylvania prosecutor

| Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, 1:54 p.m.

Former prosecutor and current Pennsylvania state Rep. Todd Stephens of Montgomery County announced his candidacy for attorney general on Thursday in an email and video to Republican State Committee members.

“I'm not running for Attorney General because I've always wanted to be a prosecutor,” Stephens said in an email. “I'm running because now more than ever we need an experienced prosecutor as our next Attorney General.”

The video submitted by the third-term state representative from suburban Philadelphia outlined his decision, focusing on his career as a prosecutor. He joins Republican Sen. John Rafferty, also of Montgomery County, in seeking the Republican nomination.

Last Thursday, the first Democrat, former Delaware County prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer, announced his intention to seek the nomination despite Attorney General Kathleen Kane's insistence that she will seek a second term regardless of criminal charges against her. Prosecutors and a grand jury say that Kane leaked grand jury information and lied about it under oath.

Kane has insisted she is innocent.

Salena Zito is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at szito@tribweb.com.

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