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Armstrong County Democrats endorse Wagner for governor

| Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

Armstrong County Democratic Committee chairman Dick Schreckengost announced Wednesday his committee has endorsed state Auditor General Jack Wagner for governor.

"For the past five years, Jack has been the most reliable and effective public servant in our entire state when it comes to protecting taxpayers' money," said Schreckengost in a press release on behalf of himself and the committee. "He has been relentless in exposing waste and abuse in public spending in every area of state government, and in every region of the state."

Schreckengost said Wagner has exposed the bonuses in state government, fought for state pension reform and most recently tackled the dangerous practice of interest rate swaps that benefit Wall Street at the expense of taxpayers.

"Jack is a Marine Corps veteran who's been in combat and a veteran of the growing battle in Harrisburg between people committed to serving the public's interest versus those who want a continuation of the status quo," said Schreckengost. "He has always fought for reform and Pennsylvania could not pick a better person to face up to the tough choices ahead while looking out for the little guy."

Wagner has said his top priorities include a scholarship program to help families with the cost of higher education, maintaining vital services without raising taxes, maximizing the state's Marcellus Shale energy resources in an environmentally responsible way and creating high quality jobs to grow the economy.

Of the local endorsement, Wagner said, "I look forward to working with Dick and other local leaders on the important issues facing Pennsylvania in the months and years ahead."

Wagner is a former member and president of Pittsburgh City Council and a state senator representing Allegheny County. He was elected auditor general in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.

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