GOP field for lieutenant governor gets new face; Two drop out

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 14, 2018 2:20 AM

Diana Irey Vaughan (Courtesy of Diana Irey Vaughan).

(Harrisburg) -- A county commissioner from southwestern Pennsylvania is the newest Republican to join the field vying to become the state's next lieutenant governor.

Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan says she'll seek the nomination.

The 55-year-old has run unsuccessfully for state treasurer and Congress. She's been a county commissioner since 1996.

March 6th is the deadline for candidates to file paperwork for the May 15th primary ballot.

Five Democrats have lined up to contest the re-election bid of Lieutentant Gov. Mike Stack in the party's primary.

Other Republicans running include Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale and the party-endorsed Jeffrey Bartos, a real estate investor from suburban Philadelphia.

Otto Voit, a Berks County businessman, and ex-state Representative Gordon Denlinger of Lancaster County are dropping out.

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