Franklin County DA Fogal announces he has “no viable path to re-election”, bows out of race

12 July 2023- In a move that likely heralds the election of a new Franklin County District Attorney Ian Brink, current Franklin County DA Matthew Fogal announces that he will NOT be seeking reelection this coming fall. Fogal had previously announced his intentions to run for the seat again after a dramatic party affiliation switch following the racial justice protests of 2020.

Full statement from DA Fogal is below.

After very thoughtful and deliberate consideration, I have determined that I will not seek another term as District Attorney of Franklin County, PA. Because I am “independent” and without any partisan political party affiliation, there is simply no viable path to re-election in Franklin County at this time. And as such, I cannot in good conscience ask my friends and neighbors to support me with their signature on nominating papers, and certainly not their subsequent commitment of time, money or spirit.

Fortunately, I have a number of opportunities to continue my professional career, and I look forward to selecting the best path in the coming months.

It has been my privilege and honor to be the caretaker of this public office. I was taught long ago that a prosecutor must always do the right thing, for the right reasons, no matter what, and that is how I have endeavored to serve to all of the people of this county. To the judges who appointed me to be District Attorney back in 2009, I hope I have honored your decision.