WILKES-BARRE — Area Democratic legislators are split in their support for a candidate, but one thing is for sure — they all favor unseating Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett.
The local elected officials support either Rob McCord or Tom Wolf and each offered reasons why either would do a far better job than Corbett, who is running for his second term.
McCord and Wolf are in the race that also includes Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz. Voters in both parties will choose their candidate in the May 20 primary.
State Reps. Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston, and Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, support Wolf, citing his past work to protect seniors and his plan to enhance early-childhood education. Mundy is completing her 12th term and she will retire at the end of the year.
“Tom Wolf has spent a lot of time in the northeast region and he has a deep understanding of the economic challenges we face,” Mundy said. “Tom Wolf knows that to build for the future, we must invest in high quality early childhood care and education, which he would make universal for our children.”
Mundy worked with Wolf when he was state secretary of revenue. In that position, she said, he strengthened the lottery and helped lay a strong foundation for our state to help senior citizens “age with dignity.
Pashinski said Wolf is the candidate who can appeal to the most voters — Democrats, Independents and even Republicans.
“I think that he can appeal to more voters throughout the state,” Pashinski said. “As a businessman, he can appeal to Republican moderates. And he appeals to the working-class people.”
Pashinski said Wolf treats his employees with respect, demonstrating that with good pay, health care and profit sharing.
“His history as running his company is excellent,” Pashinski said. “Wolf has kept people working. We need more businesses to adopt his philosophy.”
State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, and John Blake, D-Archbald, support McCord, as do state reps Mike Carroll. D-Avoca, and Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Taylor.
Blake said McCord for has been a great state treasurer and he has been “a powerful voice of opposition to the policies of the Corbett administration; notably, the governor’s plan to sell off management of the state lottery operations.”
Yudichak was with McCord in April during his statewide tour of schools when McCord vowed to invest more than $1.3 billion in voluntary, high-quality early learning and K to 12 classrooms.
“Rob is the right choice to be Pennsylvania’s next governor because he’s got the right education policies and because Rob McCord’s heart is in the right place,” Yudichak said.
“His heart is with every Pennsylvania child who deserves a fair shot at the same quality education that he got growing up in Pennsylvania.
Carroll said he endorsed McCord months ago because he was impressed with his work as state treasurer.
“I’m impressed with his complete mastery of state policy issues and his enthusiasm for leading our state in a different direction,” Carroll said.
Kavulich said he “jumped on board” for McCord from the beginning with Blake, Yudichak and Carroll. He sad all four Democrats are “fine candidates,” but he feels McCord has the best experience to be governor.
“He has the experience as an elected official,” Kavulich said. “I think he’s the one candidate who is able to do the job best — to get some stuff done.”