Republican John Vernon, of Mansfield (Tioga County), Pa., is campaigning in Erie today ahead of his planned mid-September announcement that he will be running for U.S. Senate in 2012.
Vernon, 51, a retired U.S. Army colonel, said he is on a “listening tour” that includes his first trip here.
“I believe that to be a good legislator, you have to be a good listener,” he said during a visit to the Erie Times-News.
Vernon, a fiscal and social conservative, was accompanied by his wife, Diana Vernon, and Verel Salmon, chairman of the Erie County Republican Party.
Vernon will be seeking U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s seat.
– John Guerriero