The state “row officers” (attorney general, auditor general, and treasurer) are elected to protect the public against crime, fraud, government mismanagement, waste, and over-spending.
Heather Heidelbaugh is a trailblazer who rose out of humble beginnings, worked her way through college and law school, and became one of the most respected litigators in Pennsylvania – leaving shards of the glass-ceiling far below her. Both her legal and political resumes stretch for pages, cataloguing courtroom accomplishments and service to her party and the citizens of Pennsylvania.
“The attorney general is the lawyer for the people,” she says of her decision to run. “The citizens of Pennsylvania need a real lawyer who understands the complexities of the law, the intersection between policy and law, and how the law impacts people’s lives.”
Heather resides in Mt. Lebanon, Allegheny County. She has served on the boards of Goodwill Industries, Carnegie Library, and as a Parish Council member of St. John Capistran Roman Catholic Church in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
Tim DeFoor became the first African American to be elected as a row officer in the history of Dauphin County in November of 2015. Prior to being elected as Dauphin County Controller in 2015, Tim served in the Attorney General’s Office and is a retired special agent. He worked in the State Inspector General’s office as a special investigator, and worked for UPMC Health Plan and various federal contractors as a former Internal Auditor, Quality Manager, and Fraud Investigator.
Tim said that he’s always tried to watch how government spends its money. He believes the Auditor General plays an important role in making sure that state funds are being spent appropriately.
“You can’t run government like it’s a business, but you can watch how government spends its money, like it’s a business,” DeFoor said. “That’s one of the things I’ve always tried to do.”
While serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, Stacy started work as a cost accountant at Global Tungsten & Powders Corp., a global supplier of refractory powders, and worked her way up to become the first of two female vice presidents. She also serves on the board of Bradford County United Way and is a trustee of Guthrie Hospital.
Stacy served a remarkable three deployments in defense of America: in 1991 in Operation Desert Storm, in 2003 in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in 2008 in Operation Enduring Freedom. She was awarded the Bronze Star twice for exceptional service and received the Legion of Merit before retiring from the Army Reserve with the rank of colonel.
Stacy is married to Daniel Gizzi, a project analyst atCorning Inc. Stacy worships at both the Christian Life Church and Emory BaptistChurch.