- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A fourth-term Republican state senator wants to run for Pennsylvania attorney general in the 2016 election.

Sen. John Rafferty plans to make the formal announcement Wednesday, backed by officials from police and firefighter unions.

Rafferty, of Montgomery County, briefly campaigned for the job ahead of the 2012 election, but stepped aside when then-Gov. Tom Corbett said he was supporting Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed. Freed later lost to Democrat Kathleen Kane.

Kane’s term in office has been buffeted by controversy, and she’s facing a prosecutor’s investigation into allegations she leaked information that was supposed to stay secret.

Republican House Rep. Todd Stephens says he’s also considering running for attorney general. Stephens is a former assistant district attorney in Montgomery County.

Rafferty is a former deputy attorney general.

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This story has been corrected to show the county of residence for Sen. John Rafferty is Montgomery County.

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