WirePOLITICS: Minor-party candidates join presidential, local races

Tom Waring, the Wire

A number of minor-party candidates beat last week’s filing deadline to run in the general election.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be joined on the presidential ballot by the Green Party’s Jill Stein, the Constitution Party’s Darrell Castle and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

In the U.S. Senate race, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty will be joined by Libertarian Edward T. Clifford III.

Democrat Kathleen Kane is on trial on charges of perjury and obstructing administration of law, and is not seeking a second term as attorney general. The candidates are Democrat Josh Shapiro, Republican John Rafferty and Libertarian N.A. Poe.

In the race for auditor general, the candidates will be Democratic incumbent Eugene DePasquale, Republican John Brown, the Green Party’s John J. Sweeney and Libertarian Roy A. Minet.

The state treasurer seat is open, as Democrat Rob McCord resigned and pleaded to charges he attempted to shake down state contractors for campaign donations in the 2014 primary for governor. He awaits sentencing. The candidates to replace him are Democrat Joe Torsella, Republican Otto Voit, Libertarian James Babb and the Green Party’s Kristin Combs.