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A former Cumberland County prosecutor announced his candidacy for district attorney Friday.

Jaime Keating, who served as first assistant district attorney under former District Attorney David Freed, announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for district attorney in the May primary.

“It is the duty of the district attorney to lead the office in the pursuit of justice,” Keating said in a written statement. “I pledge my decisions will be based on the truth and the law to embody the language of the pledge, ‘with justice for all.’”

Keating officially announced his candidacy Friday afternoon during an event held at the Cumberland County Law Enforcement Memorial in Middlesex Township.

Keating currently is the chief deputy district attorney in Franklin County, a position he’s held since early 2018.

Keating began his tenure in Cumberland County in 1994 and rose to the rank of first assistant district attorney before leaving office in late 2017.

He was one of nine candidates who sought appointment to the position after Freed was confirmed as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Former judge Skip Ebert, who served as district attorney prior to Freed, was appointed to fill the remainder of Freed’s term by a vote of the county judges.

Ebert has not officially announced if he will seek the nomination in May.

“Cumberland County is not only the fastest-growing county in the commonwealth but is also my family’s home,” Keating wrote. “Its growth generates law enforcement challenges increasing in number and complexity.”

Keating, a Carlisle resident, highlighted his 25 years of experience including trying more than 160 jury trials and prosecuting several thousand cases as reason he should be elected district attorney.

“In reaching the decision to run, I have had the privilege to meet a vast number of the people of Cumberland County,” he wrote. “I am very excited about the challenge of this election.”

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