By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – Republican Stacy Garrity has declared victory over incumbent Democrat Joe Torsella in the race for Pennsylvania treasurer, which has yet to be called by the Associated Press.READ MORE: Gateway Athletic Director, Football Coach Don Holl Asks Coaches Not To Apply For Pine-Richland Job
The state treasurer is the custodian of over $120 billion, managing and investing part of it. This year, Republican businesswoman Stacy Garrity took on incumbent Democrat Joe Torsella, who ran for reelection.
Garrity released a statement Tuesday afternoon declaring victory, and Torsella shortly after posted a video to Twitter.
“Stacy Garrity and I disagreed about a lot during this campaign. But the campaign’s over. So, a little while ago, I called her to offer not just my congratulations, but also any help she might need as she prepares to inherit this important job,” Torsella says.
A note from me. https://t.co/luxhb4MaK0
— Joe Torsella (@JoeTorsella) November 10, 2020
“After all, I may not be a constitutional officer of the Commonwealth after January, but I will still be a taxpayer, which means I’ll have a stake in Stacy’s success just like every other Pennsylvanian.”READ MORE: Penguins, Sabres Team Up To Host NHL's First Joint Pride Game
A press release says Garrity is focused on spotlighting government spending and seeing that it doesn’t spend more than it has.
“I’m truly honored by the faith Pennsylvanians have placed in me, and I promise not to let them down. In the Army, we lived by the most fundamental American values – honesty, integrity and selfless service – and I think Harrisburg can use some of those values,” Garrity said in a statement.
We did it! After 10 months of hard work, we won the Pennsylvania state treasurer race! #Garrity4PA
I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done. Your support, advice and constant cheering was an inspiration throughout this challenging race. Many folks discounted pic.twitter.com/9YV1vRJxAw
— Stacy Garrity (@GarrityForPA) November 10, 2020
“As treasurer, I will focus on holding government accountable for all taxpayers and making sure the treasurer’s office works for all Pennsylvanians, regardless of party.MORE NEWS: Minority-Led Businesses Take Biggest Hit Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The Associated Press hasn’t called the race yet, but as of 3:25 p.m. with 98.15% of precincts reporting, Torsella trailed by more than 76,000 votes.