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History to be made in governor's balloting

Published November 01. 2010 05:00PM

History will be made tomorrow when the General Election of 2010 is held in Pennsylvania.

While there will be state and federal House and Senate seats filled by the electorate (see related stories in today's TIMES NEWS), statewide voters will determine who will occupy the governor's mansion for the next four years.

The successor to Gov. Ed Rendell will make history. If it is Democrat Dan Onorato, it would mean he would be the one to buck the longtime tradition of both major parties taking turns of having the governor for eight-year cycles. Records show that for as long as anyone can remember, the parties are successful every eight years. If Republican Tom Corbett is successful tomorrow, he would become the first state attorney general to ever win the gubernatorial seat.

Onorato is the current county executive in Allegheny County, where he has led the region, primarily the City of Pittsburgh, to an economic revitalization.

A graduate of Penn State University with a degree in accounting, he later earned a law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Prior to being elected county executive in 2003, he was elected to Pittsburgh City Council in 1991, re-elected four years later, and elected Allegheny County controller in 1999.

Corbett has been the state's top law enforcement watchdog for the past six years.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he served as a member of the Pa. National Guard, 28th Infantry Division, from 1971-84, attaining the rank of captain.

He received an undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College and taught civics and history in Pine Grove Area High School. In 1975, he received his law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas.

The governor position is a four-year term that carries an annual salary of $174,194.

Onorato's running mate is Scott Conklin, a state representative from Centre County. Corbett's running mate is Jim Cawley, a Bucks County commissioner. The lieutenant governor's job pays $146,926 annually.

A total of 38,411 county voters are eligible to participate in tomorrow's balloting, including 19,379 Democrats, 14,184 Republicans, 1,441 nonpartisans and 2,092 persons who either have no party affiliation or are registered to other parties.

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