By Jon Delano

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WEXFORD, Pa. (AP) – Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai, the Pennsylvania Legislature’s most prominent budget hawk, is running for governor.

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Turzai told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he’ll seek the Republican nomination in May’s primary election to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who is seeking a second term.

The 58-year-old from suburban Pittsburgh enters what’s now a four-person Republican primary field.

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As House majority leader and then speaker, Turzai has helped drive austerity in state budgeting this decade.

He’s been a constant adversary of Wolf, particularly in the two drawn-out budget fights since Wolf became governor in 2015.

Also running are York County state Sen. Scott Wagner and two first-time candidates from the Pittsburgh area: lawyer Laura Ellsworth and former health care systems consultant Paul Mango.

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