Forward Party announces candidates for Pennsylvania attorney general and treasurer • Pennsylvania Capital-Star

In multiple events across the commonwealth on Tuesday, the Forward Party is announcing its candidates for Pennsylvania attorney general and treasurer. 

Eric Settle, a former Republican from Montgomery County who served as Deputy General Counsel to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and as Chief Counsel in the healthcare industry, will be the party’s nominee for attorney general.

“Pennsylvania needs a truly independent Attorney General not beholden to either legacy party to enforce the law without fear or favor and move the Commonwealth not right, not left, but forward,” Settle said in a press release. 

Chris Foster, a former Democrat from Allegheny County who worked as a tennis professional and entrepreneur, is the party’s candidate for treasurer.

“The Democrats and Republicans fight all the time over money, forgetting it’s your money,” Foster said in a press release. “We shouldn’t let them have the job of Treasurer with its critical responsibility for watching over the integrity of the money all Pennsylvanians send to Harrisburg.”

The pair is scheduled for a joint statewide event near the Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday afternoon.

The Forward Party, founded by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang in 2022, aims to bring together moderates, conservatives, and progressives in finding common ground. 

Christian Fyke, Chair of the Forward Party of Pennsylvania, said that both candidates have signed onto the party’s pledge: “to focus on the will of the voters, and to act with the highest levels of ethics and integrity,” and will serve to provide Forward official recognition as a political party in the state.

Independent and third party candidates have to file their nomination petitions by August 1 to appear on  the November general election ballot.

The Forward Party endorsed several candidates during the 2023 cycle in Pennsylvania including Republican Joe Rockey for Allegheny County Executive, and the reelections of Philadelphia City Commissioner Seth Bluestein, a Republican, and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, a lifelong Democrat who ran on the Republican Party ticket. Rockey lost his race to Democrat Sara Innamorato.

The race for attorney general features the largest field of candidates heading into the April 23 primary election. Five Democrats and two Republicans are seeking their parties’ nominations for the open statewide row office. 

State Treasurer Stacy Garrity, a Republican, appears to have a clear path to the general election since no other Republican has filed to run for the office, while two Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination.

Originally published at,by John Cole

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