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Butkovitz ends campaign for state treasurer

By: - December 13, 2023 2:34 pm

Alan Butkovitz (campaign photo)

Former Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz announced on Wednesday he’s ending his campaign for state treasurer.

“In late November, I suffered a heart attack, and while I have made tremendous progress in recovery, this comes at a critical point in the political calendar,” Butkovitz wrote in a release. “Therefore, I am announcing my withdrawal from the race for State Treasurer.”

Butkovitz added in the statement that running the campaign and meeting Democrats across the commonwealth “has been an honor and a privilege,” while thanking his campaign team. He said he would do whatever he could to help elect Democrats in 2024 and beyond. He had served in the Pennsylvania state House from 1991-2005, then as the Philadelphia City Controller from 2005-2017. 

Two Democrats remain in the race for state Treasurer, both from western Pennsylvania – state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro of Erie, and Erin McClelland, a former small business owner from Allegheny County.

Treasurer Stacy Garrity is currently the only Republican seeking her party’s nomination. She was endorsed by the Pennsylvania Republican Party at its most recent state committee meeting.

Bizzarro has support from a number of elected officials from across the state, including House Speaker Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia), U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-8th District), and Dwight Evans (D-3rd District).

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is scheduled to hold its endorsement meeting on Saturday.

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole is a journalist based in Philadelphia. He's worked for various outlets such as The Northeast Times, PoliticsPA, and PCN. In these previous roles, he covered a wide range of topics from local civic association meetings to races across the commonwealth. He earned a degree in journalism from Temple University.