And then there were seven.
Max Myers, the longshot Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, has withdrawn from the race, reducing the field of Democrats by one.
“The logistical and financial challenges of moving my campaign forward have become too great to overcome,” Myers said in a statement.
Myers, a Pentecostal minister from Mechanicsburg, focused attention on the plight of the poor during his campaign. Myers’ campaign said his goal was both to improve public understanding about poverty and to engage people in using their talents to help everyone in their communities prosper.
Myers said he also was the only candidate to propose: A moratorium on fracking until gas extraction could be done safely; a commission to examine state government and make it more representative of the needs of ordinary citizens; a unique solution to the pension crisis with a financial transaction tax that allows large and permanent property tax cuts by school districts.
“I hope that these ideas, now planted in the soil of political discourse, will grow among the remaining candidates,” Myers said.
As part of his announcement tour, Myers campaigned in Erie in March 2013.
Myers said he does not plan to run for public office again but plans to stay involved in public issues as opportunities arise. “May we never lose hope that it is possible to create a better Pennsylvania,” he said.
The remaining Democratic candidates are: Katie McGinty and John Hanger, former state environmental protection secretaries; Tom Wolf, former revenue department secretary; 13th District U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz; state Treasurer Rob McCord; former state Auditor General Jack Wagner; and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.
They are trying to unseat Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, who is seeking a second term.
– John Guerriero