DePasquale re-elected as state Auditor General

David Weissman

West Manchester Township resident Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, will serve another four years as the state's auditor general.

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, walks out of the West Manchester Township Municipal Building after voting Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Amanda J. Cain photo

DePasquale, set to serve his second term, fended off three challengers to hold on to the position of Pennsylvania's fiscal watchdog.

The auditor general's office, which has more than 400 employees and a budget of more than $50 million, keeps tabs on state spending and recommends changes to how government agencies operate.

DePasquale said the election was verification of the work he and his staff have accomplished the past four years, pointing out that his margin of victory indicated he received votes from Democrats and Republicans.

As of early Wednesday morning, he had received more than 300,000 more votes  than his closest competitor, Republican John Brown.

During the next four years, DePasquale said he hopes to look further into drug-treatment programs, charter-school reform and follow up on major audits of state departments to ensure they are following through on his recommendations.