Election November 2016: Eugene A. DePasquale

Eugene A DePasquale is running for Auditor General.

Election November 2016: Eugene A. DePasquale

Name: Eugene A DePasquale
City of Residence: York, Pennsylvania
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office Desired: Auditor General
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DePasqualePA
Twitter: @DePasqualePA

Why should you be elected
I have worked as a fiscal watchdog for the taxpayers during my first term by uncovering over $300 million in waste and abuse while also working to improve issues with state programs.

I have found thousands of untested rape kits and discovered 42,000 unanswered calls to the state child abuse hotline, both of which are now being addressed.

I plan to continue to work as a vigilant protector of taxpayer dollars should I get a second term.

Top three priorities
1) I will continue to root out waste in public school districts and charter schools to ensure every available dollar is going to classrooms.
2) I will also continue working to make sure every call to the child abuse hotline is answered and every child is protected.
3) I will work to clear the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits discovered by my audits.

Eugene A. DePasquale became Pennsylvania’s 51st Auditor General on January 15, 2013.

Auditor General DePasquale’s work has exposed more than $300 million in wasted or misspent state money, including $86 million in financial irregularities in school districts and $36 million in taxes owed by corporations.

His work has uncovered major cracks in systems meant to protect Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens.

Auditor General DePasquale’s audits are changing lives by helping to:
• Combat sexual assaults on campus and demand accountability for untested rape kits.
• Recommend changes to fix the broken child abuse hotline that allowed 42,000 calls to go unanswered in a single year.
• Protect and expand seniors’ access to affordable prescription drugs,
• Ensure that state veterans homes are accepting as many veterans as possible and effectively responding to veterans’ concerns.
• Push public school officials to be more responsible with tax dollars, and fight to ensure every available dollar of education funding gets to the classroom.
• Expose the municipal pension crisis that may lead to major cuts in police and fire protection.
• Show how the state can do a better job of protecting drinking water and ensuring the humane treatment of animals.
• Hold a corporation accountable for failures to pay in-home care for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Auditor General DePasquale started leading by example on Day One by making his own office more cost-effective and efficient:
• Eliminated 228 state cars from the fleet — a 93 percent reduction,
• Streamlined office operations to save $2.87 million annually, and
• Became the first Pennsylvania statewide elected official to post his travel expenses online.
• Prior to his service as Auditor General, DePasquale was a member of the state House of Representatives, where he was known as a leader in government reform.
• He was the first legislator to post his expenses online, and he refused to pay raises, returned unused expenses to the state and led efforts to end special privileges for legislators, including private car leases.

Auditor General DePasquale was born and raised in Pittsburgh.

He received his law degree from Widener University School of Law, master’s from the University of Pittsburgh, and undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio.

He is a graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, where he was a member of a state championship football team.

Auditor General DePasquale lives in York County with his wife Tracey, and their children, Ben and Sarah.

He is active in his church and in coaching Legion baseball.

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