HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/KDKA) – Pittsburgh’s third-term city controller is running for an open state auditor general’s office next year.

Democrat Michael Lamb made the announcement Tuesday, two weeks after he was re-elected to the fiscal watchdog job in Pennsylvania’s second-largest city.

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“We need an auditor general with a proven record of independence and a proven commitment to transparency and accountability. I’ve done that here in Pittsburgh and I’ll continue to do it in Harrisburg and all across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Lamb in a press release.

Pennsylvania’s current auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, is completing a second four-year term and is barred from seeking another.

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The 57-year-old Lamb is from a prominent political family. His nephew is a member of Congress from suburban Pittsburgh and his father was the state Senate’s Democratic majority leader.

Several other Democrats have announced their candidacy, including Christina Hartman, a former congressional candidate from Lancaster County who has worked in human rights and nonprofit advocacy, and Nina Ahmad, a former Philadelphia deputy mayor and former president of the National Organization for Women’s Philadelphia chapter.

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