Chelsa Wagner announces controller bid

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State Rep. Chelsa Wagner announced today that she is running for Allegheny County controller.

The Brookline Democrat, elected in 2006, is going after the fiscal watchdog position currently held by Mark Patrick Flaherty. Mr. Flaherty is planning to run for the county executive position held by Dan Onorato, who lost the gubernatorial race in November and is expected to make an announcment on his future plans any day now.

Other names in the mix for the controller job include state Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Robinson, and former clerk of courts George Matta.

Ms. Wagner announced her bid in a letter to the county Democratic Committee, saying "As residents of Allegheny County, we know that our government is in the midst of the most tumultuous time in recent history. The need for government oversight couldn't be greater and the election for County Controller is the best opportunity for the voters to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately and government operates efficiently."

Tim McNulty: or 412-263-1581.


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