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Pittsburgh Lawyer Ends Bid To Become State Attorney General

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A Pittsburgh lawyer says he's no longer seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general, now that a longtime district attorney from western Pennsylvania is also running.

David Fawcett said Tuesday that running against Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala would split the western Pennsylvania vote against eastern Pennsylvania candidates.

“The District Attorney has earned his shot," Fawcett said in a written statement. "He has years of public service and name recognition among voters. We don’t need a fight that would only serve to split the ticket. I’m grateful to have received great support and encouragement in my campaign, but above all we need to join together to see that a change occurs. We can’t afford to get stuck in this embarrassing era of incompetence.”

The former Allegheny County councilman's legal specialty is complex commercial litigation.

Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane could still run. She faces perjury charges, and is fighting the state Supreme Court's suspension of her law license and a Senate exploration of whether to remove her.

To make the April 26 ballot, candidates need to submit 1,000 voter signatures, including at least 100 from each of five counties. That deadline is Feb. 16.