Auditor General to speak at DemFest
ELYSBURG - Retired Vice Admiral Joe Sestak, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and state Sen. Mike Stack will be featured speakers at DemFest, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday at Tent 6, Knoebels Amusement Resort
Other speakers between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. include political candidates and state Democratic officials, including Jim Burns, state chairman.
Music will be provided by Fricknadorable, Clove Collective, the Derivatives and Emily and Darren Inman.
Democrats may bring their own food, purchase food at the amusement park or, for $10, have a catered picnic lunch at noon, according to Dwayne Heisler, state committee member and event coordinator. Families attending DemFest will receive discount food and ride tickets from Knoebels, as well as a complimentary copy of novel, "Before the First Snow: Tales from the Revolution," by Walter M. Brasch, The book is set in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Sestak graduated second in his class from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also earned a Ph.D. in political economics from Harvard University. In a 30- year career, he was commander of the USS George Washington carrier strike group during combat operations in the Persian Gulf, and head of strategy and concepts for the office of the chief of naval operations. He served two terms in Congress, and was the highest ranking veteran ever elected to Congress.
DePasquale, a former state representative, was elected auditor general in 2013. He is a strong advocate of transparency in government, and recently issued a scathing report about the effectiveness of the state's Department of Environmental Protection.
Stack, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, has been a member of the state Senate since 2000. An attorney, he is a reserve officer in the Army's judge advocate general corps.
For further information, and to purchase tickets for the catered picnic, contact Heisler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-317-6214.