DePasquale endorses Harrison, Hoke and Higgins in York County elections

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch
Judith Higgins, left, a candidate for York County Commissioner, posted this photo with state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, center, and incumbent York County Commissioner Doug Hoke on Sunday, Aug. 25. Higgins and Hoke, both Democrats, were endorsed by DePasquale, who is running for Congress as a Democrat in the 10th District.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has endorsed the two Democratic candidates for York County commissioner and the Democratic candidate for York County prothonotary.

DePasquale, a Democrat, is running for Congress in the 10th District. On Monday, Aug. 26, DePasquale announced his support for Commissioner Doug Hoke and his running mate, Judith Higgins. 

“I am happy to endorse Commissioner Hoke and Dr. Higgins," DePasquale said Monday in a statement provided by his campaign. "They will bring sound management to York County that will benefit all taxpayers. I also know they will ensure seniors and our youth get the necessary protection which is a vital function of county government."

Higgins, who has a doctorate in adult education, first mentioned the endorsement in a public post on her personal Facebook page Sunday, Aug. 25.

Above a picture of herself, DePasquale and Hoke, she wrote, "Doug Hoke and I are very excited to announce we have been endorsed by Eugene Depasquale, Auditor General of PA!"

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Hoke said he's known DePasquale for several years, going back to the auditor general's time as a state representative.

"I think he’s done a great job," Hoke said of DePasquale's time in public office. "He’s been bipartisan and doing the work of the people."

Having DePasquale's name attached to the campaign will be helpful, Hoke said.

In an Aug. 21 post on his own Facebook page, DePasquale shared his support for Sandra Harrison, the Democratic candidate for York County prothonotary.

"It is an honor to endorse Sandra Harrison for Prothonotary," he wrote. "She has tremendous energy and leadership which will benefit all York Countians."

Harrison was not immediately available for comment Monday afternoon.

In the municipal election Tuesday, Nov. 5, Harrison will face Republican prothonotary candidate Allison Blew. Hoke and Higgins will face Republican commissioner candidates Julie Wheeler and Ron Smith.

DePasquale will face Tom Brier, a Democrat from Hershey, in next year's Democratic primary.

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