PA State Treasurer
As the 78th Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, businesswoman and retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel Stacy Garrity is focused on transparency, cutting waste and fees, returning more than $4.5 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners, and making education affordable for Pennsylvanians. Stacy understands the challenges that Pennsylvania families face, and she brings the same common sense that people use to manage their own finances to the Treasurer’s office. After graduating from Sayre High School in Bradford County, Stacy earned a degree in finance and economics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and later received a certificate from the Cornell University Business Management Institute. While serving as a colonel in the Army Reserve, Stacy received national attention for her decorated service on the battlefields of Iraq. While news raged about scandals involving prisoner abuse at other facilities, Stacy was highlighted for her stellar performance as one of the officers in charge of an internment camp for enemy combatants in Iraq. Iraqis dubbed her “the Angel of the Desert” when her service at Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq resulted in a perfect record. She kept the camp secure and American troops safe without a single complaint of abuse from Iraqi soldiers interned there. Stacy served a remarkable three deployments in defense of the United States: 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. While serving in the Army Reserve, Stacy started work as a cost accountant at Global Tungsten & Powders Corp., a global supplier of refractory powders in Towanda, and worked her way up to become the first of two female vice presidents at the company. As Pennsylvania Treasurer, Stacy oversees an office of more than 300 employees and is tasked with protecting more than $150 billion in state assets. Among her many duties, she serves as a fiscal watchdog for the state and manages the PA 529 College & Career Savings Program, Keystone Scholars, and the PA ABLE Savings Program, which helps people with disabilities save without fear of losing important benefits. She also administers the state’s unclaimed property program. Stacy was elected on November 3, 2020, and was sworn into office on January 19, 2021. Since taking office, she has worked to make PA 529 accounts work better for Pennsylvanians of all backgrounds by cutting fees (saving account holders more than $11 million), eliminating the minimum deposit required to open an account, and allowing families to make contributions as low as $1. During her tenure, the number of PA 529 accounts has grown to nearly 288,000 while total assets have grown to more than $6.6 billion. Stacy has also cut fees for PA ABLE. Under her leadership, the number of PA ABLE accounts has grown by 77.4 percent to nearly 7,900, and total PA ABLE assets have more than doubled to nearly $100 million. She was elected as the inaugural Chair of the ABLE Savings Plan Network, a group formed by the National Association of State Treasurers, and she was a vocal advocate for the federal ABLE Age Adjustment Act, which will make ABLE programs available to an additional 6 million people with disabilities – including 1 million veterans. Stacy oversaw the first systemwide upgrade to Treasury’s unclaimed property system in more than 15 years, implemented a fast-track return system for simple claims, and introduced the use of direct deposit payments. To date, she has returned more than $550 million of unclaimed property to its rightful owners – including a record-setting $273.7 million in Fiscal Year 2022-23. As a veteran, Stacy is also focused on returning the hundreds of military decorations being safeguarded in Treasury’s vault. These medals and other decorations usually come to Treasury from forgotten safe deposit boxes and include dog tags, medals, campaign ribbons, Purple Hearts, and even Bronze Stars. She has returned more than 380 military decorations to the veterans who earned them or their families, including 6 Purple Hearts and 3 Bronze Stars. Committed to her local community, Stacy serves on the board of Bradford County United Way and is a trustee of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She is married to Daniel Gizzi, a project analyst at Corning Incorporated. She worships at Christian Life Church.
Timothy L. DeFoor was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 50th Auditor General on January 19, 2021.
Tim started his career in public service as a Special Investigator with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Inspector General, where he investigated government and contractor fraud, waste, and abuse within state government. Tim then went on to become a Special Agent with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Attorney General, investigating Medicaid fraud and illegal prescription drug diversion. Later, he became a Fraud Investigator and Internal Auditor for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Health Plan and various federal contractors.
In 2015, Tim was elected as Dauphin County Controller, where he quickly earned a reputation as a fiscal watchdog and trusted leader, saving and recovering more than a million taxpayer dollars during his first term in office. He has also worked to create Dauphin County’s first Audit Division, and prepared the first Dauphin County Retirement Fund Report.
To protect taxpayers, Tim also changed how Dauphin County reported its finances to a comprehensive, detailed, and transparent financial report. His efforts earned his office Dauphin County’s first-ever award for financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.
With more than 25 years of combined experience in law enforcement and auditing, in both public service and private industries, Tim is uniquely qualified to serve Pennsylvania citizens.
Growing up in Harrisburg, Tim has always been committed to giving back to the community he loves. Tim currently serves on and is the former Chair of the Harrisburg Area Community College Foundation Board of Directors, State YMCA of Pennsylvania Board of Directors, and the Chris “Handles” Franklin Foundation Board of Directors. Tim is also a member of the Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP and the Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #78.
Tim is also very passionate about financial literacy being taught to adults, educators, and Pennsylvania students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Tim has an Associate’s of Arts degree in Para-Legal Studies from Harrisburg Area Community College, a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology/History from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master’s of Science degree in Project Management from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
District Attorney Dave Sunday is leading York County’s efforts to increase public safety, promote community well-being, and fight against violence and illegal drugs.
District Attorney Sunday’s collaborative approach to public safety resulted in a 30% decrease in crime during his first term; reductions in the prison population by almost 40% since its peak; a reduced supervision caseload; and a recent study conducted by IUP indicates that offenders in York have the lowest recidivism rate over a 5-year period as compared to seven other counties. Additionally, since the implementation of York’s Early Termination of Probation Program, only 5% of the cases submitted recidivated within two years, resulting in a 95% success rate, now serving as a statewide model.
Dave is also a top litigator, a United States Navy Veteran and a dynamic leader who put himself through college and law school while working at UPS. Dave leads an office of prosecutors and detectives who together investigate and prosecute approximately 9,000 criminal cases annually.
After high school, Dave joined the Navy as an enlisted recruit and was deployed to the Persian Gulf, where he participated in Operation Desert Strike. Dave was also deployed to South America and conducted numerous counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean. Those four years changed his life forever. While serving, Dave learned what it takes to be an effective leader under tremendous pressure. He proudly carries on the Navy’s core principles of honor, commitment, and courage to this day.
Dave received his undergraduate degree in Finance from Penn State University in 2002 and graduated from Widener Law School in 2007. During Law School, Dave worked as a legal intern at the United Nations Office of the Secretariat in New York, where he was assigned to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
After graduation from law school, he worked as Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph C. Adams, former President Judge of the York County Court of Common Pleas. For the last fifteen years, Dave has been a prosecutor with the York County District Attorney’s Office and prior to being sworn in as the elected District Attorney, served as the Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Litigation. In that capacity, Dave supervised Major Crime cases and the Felony Narcotics Unit. Additionally, Dave served as the Legal Advisor to the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and York County Quick Response (a.k.a. SWAT) Team.
In 2013, Dave was appointed by the United States Department of Justice as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, where he assisted in prosecuting gang, illegal gun, and drug cases in Federal Court. During this time, Dave led the prosecution of Operation Sunrise, a large-scale multi-jurisdictional arrest and prosecution of over 100 members and affiliates of the “Latin Kings,” a violent criminal gang operating in York County.
Dave is leading York County’s fight against the heroin/fentanyl epidemic. He and the York County Coroner co-founded the York County Heroin Task Force, now the York County Opioid Collaborative, where Dave served as board chair. Dave’s leadership was also instrumental in the expansion of the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force to fight the heroin/fentanyl trade throughout the entirety of York County.
Dave protects our seniors through his role on the Elder Abuse Task Force. In addition to conducting numerous Scam Prevention seminars throughout the county, Dave has successfully prosecuted scam artists targeting senior citizens. Since taking office, Dave further strengthened this priority by appointing an elder abuse special prosecutor that collaborates with strategic partners, including the York County Area Agency of Aging.
Dave is a career litigator and has personally tried approximately fifty felony jury trials to verdict, including the successful prosecutions of over ten of the most high-profile York County murders in recent memory. Dave has obtained many First Degree Murder Convictions, including a multi-defendant gang murder, a targeted multi-victim shooting, and a domestic violence killing.
In addition to homicides, Dave has successfully tried to verdict Murder Conspiracies, multiple Attempted Murders of Police Officers, multiple Murders for Hire, Felony Narcotics Deliveries, a complex Embezzlement, Aggravated Assaults, Burglaries, Armed Robberies, Bank Robberies, Insurance Fraud Cases, Thefts and Elder Fraud Scams to name a few.
Beyond trial work, Dave is the Immediate Past President of the York County Bar Association and serves on the Board of the York County Children’s Advocacy Center. He also chairs the Education and Training Committee of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association (PDAA) and was elected by his colleagues to the Board of Directors for both the PDAA and the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute. Also, Dave previously served on behalf of the PDAA on the Pennsylvania Commission for Crime and Delinquency’s (PCCD) statewide Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee.
Nationally, Dave serves on the American Conservative Union’s prosecutor advisory board and has spoken across the country on effective public safety initiatives.
Additionally, Dave was a founding member of the York Group Violence Initiative (GVI) and now serves on the governance committee. He is a key leader with the Community Action for Recovery and Diversion (CARD) initiative and his office co-chairs the York County Reentry Coalition.
In January 2020, Dave was appointed by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and was subsequently re-appointed by Speaker Bryan Cutler. DA Sunday is the only prosecutor on the commission, comprising state judges, members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and State Senate, legal professors, and a criminal defense attorney.
Since he was elected District Attorney, Dave has been called upon to provide expert testimony on the heroin epidemic and human trafficking before the York County State House Delegation Public Hearing on Human Trafficking; the US House of Representatives – Committee on Homeland Security – Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency; the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Law & Justice Committee; and the Pennsylvania State House Majority Police Committee.
Dave has received multiple awards recognizing his dedication to public service including:
- Widener University Commonwealth Law School Excellence in Public Service Award – 2018
- York County Economic Alliance: Spirit of York County Awards – Elected Official of the Year – 2019
- US Department of Justice: Middle District of Pennsylvania – Cooperative Law Enforcement Award – 2020
Dave is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, American Legion, and the VFW.
Dave lives with his wife and son in Spring Garden Township, York County.
House Representative 131st Legislative District
State Representative Milou Mackenzie is running for her third term as the Representative of the 131st District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The 131st District encompasses portions of Northampton County, Lehigh County, and Montgomery County. In Harrisburg, she serves on four committees: Education, Children and Youth, Human Services, and Housing and Community Development. Known to be a very strong Conservative voice in Harrisburg, Milou is a fighter who will continue to stand for the Republican principles we all hold dear.
Her concern for the welfare and the future of her constituents and the Commonwealth as a whole is what has driven her each day to seek out solutions that will help to protect the freedoms of the citizens of Pennsylvania and bring forth a brighter tomorrow.
House Representative 183rd Legislative District
Fighting for property tax reform, job creation and infrastructure improvements, Rep. Zach Mako is serving his fourth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Zach currently serves on the Appropriations, Finance, Professional Licensure, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees. A graduate of Northampton Area High School, Zach joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in January 2008. As a Chinook helicopter pilot, he was deployed to Afghanistan in December 2012 for nine months supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2016, he was selected to be an adviser to Estonia’s top military officials. Three years later, he was deployed to the Middle East to serve as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. While serving our country, Zach also completed his bachelor’s degree in finance from Kutztown University in December 2015. In 2023, Zach earned his master’s in business administration with a concentration in international affairs from Pennsylvania State University. In his spare time, Zach enjoys participating in outdoor activities, including hiking and snowboarding. Zach lives in Walnutport with his wife, Brittany. The 183rd District includes Lowhill and North Whitehall townships and Slatington Borough in Lehigh County. It also consists of Allen, East Allen, Lehigh and Moore (part) townships, and Bath, North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport boroughs in Northampton County.
House Representative 187th Legislative District
Republican Gary Day announced he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for State Representative in 2024. Current State Representative Ryan Mackenzie announced he would not stand for re-election for the Commonwealth’s 187 th legislative district, and Day said, “I’m offering my experience to the voters of the district and would be honored to serve them in this capacity again.” Gary Day served in Harrisburg already and has an established, conservative voting record. He said, “I expect to work on the issues that are important to the people of this district including, the Economy, Inflation, protecting children in our schools and ensuring freedoms of every constituent.” Gary has passed legislation that helped homeowners and veterans. He wrote a version of the PennWATCH legislation, that eventually became law for citizens to have transparency in state information. He was the Chairman of a House Select Committee on School Safety that was the most bi-partisan committee of the House and paved the way for the passage of laws to keep children safe in schools. Day served as the Chairman of the Aging Committee and worked to protect seniors from fraud and abuse, while being one of the state leaders keeping funding from being taken away from nursing homes. Gary served on the House Appropriations committee and helped to keep spending down in Pennsylvania in the years before the state budget ballooned to where it is now. Day served as a State Representative before, so he will hit the ground running and be immediately available for constituents. His knowledge of Harrisburg will help him be able to know how to get things done for his constituents and their interactions with state government. He is married with three adult children and knows the value of having a strong economy to keep Pennsylvania as a great place to live, work and raise a family. He has lived in the Upper Macungie Township and currently resides in Heidelberg Township, which have similar histories but have distinct differences that need to be addressed. Having extensive private and public sector experience, he has a unique background to be effective on day one. Day insists that there is more work to do. He said, “People are alarmed by Inflation and an outright attack on their rights. People still come up to me and ask, ‘What can be done about this?’ I know what can be done and I will pledge to represent the people of this district with Integrity and utilize my experience to carry their message to Harrisburg.” Day said that he wants to make room for anyone that wants to join his campaign. People should email [email protected] with their ideas and interest to learn about the election process. Sharing this campaign with people, gives people the opportunity to participate in our great republic.