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Posts tagged ‘Max Myers’
Posted: February 24th, 2014
Max Myers, ETN file photo

Max Myers, ETN file photo

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Max Myers, the longshot Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, has withdrawn from the race, reducing the field of Democrats by one.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




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Posted: January 29th, 2014

Pennsylvania political analysts Terry Madonna and Michael Young have presented a case for a path to victory  in the 2014 state Democratic gubernatorial primary.

As many as eight Democrats could be on the May 20 ballot, with the winner advancing to face Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

Their full column, called “Politically Uncorrected,” can be found at

Madonna and Young list five key factors, including campaign cash, political geography, few issues separating the Democratic candidates, the risks of negative advertising, and gender. As many as three women could be on the ballot: Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz,  former state environmental protection Secretary Katie McGinty and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.

The other Democrats are:  former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord, former state environmental protection Secretary John Hanger, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Pentecostal minister Max Myers.

The analysts said any serious candidate will have to spend at least $5 million and the winner will spend $10 million or more. “Politics these days is many things — but one thing it is not, is cheap,” they wrote.

– John Guerriero


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Posted: November 15th, 2013

There’s a reason that Gov. Tom Corbett specifically targeted U.S.  Rep. Allyson Schwartz for criticism during his campaign visit to Erie this week.

It’s early in the campaign, but Schwartz is one of the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination and the right to oppose Corbett on Nov. 4, 2014.

Allyson Schwartz/AP file photo

Allyson Schwartz/AP file photo

Harper Polling, a firm founded by Brock McCleary, formerly with the National Republican Congressional Committee, put out a new poll showing Schwartz, of Montgomery County, D-13th Dist., with 22 percent of the vote. Rival Katie McGinty, former state environmental protection secretary, was closest with 15 percent.

State Treasurer Rob McCord had 12 percent; John Hanger, former state environmental protection secretary, had 7 percent; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski had 6 percent; and Tom Wolf, former Revenue Department secretary, had 5 percent.

Read the full poll here.

Two other candidates, May Myers, a former pastor from Mechanicsburg, and Jo Ellen Litz, a Lebanon County commissioner, were not included in the poll.

However, the poll of 649 Democrats likely to vote in the primary also showed that 34 percent weren’t sure who to pick, indicating the race is still wide open.

The poll was conducted Nov. 9-10.

– John Guerriero



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Posted: October 24th, 2013

The Erie County Democratic Party will hold its fall “beef and ballots” dinner tonight.

Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

The event will begin at 6 p.m., with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Erie Maennerchor Club, 1601 State St.

Guests can still pay at the door tonight, said Bill Cole, the party’s chairman. The cost is $35 per person, or $250 for a table of eight.

Local Democrats on the Nov. 5 ballot will be among the speakers at the event, Cole said.

There’s been a change from the previous post on this subject. State Treasurer Rob McCord, a candidate for governor in 2014, will not appear at the dinner after all, Cole said. Cole said he has another commitment.

But two other candidates for governor will be there: John Hanger and Max Myers,  Cole said.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: September 13th, 2013

Former  Gov. Ed Rendell cleared up any ambiguity about who he might be endorsing in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary: No one.

Ed Rendell/ETN file photo

Ed Rendell/ETN file photo

Rendell held a news conference and issued a news release to say he’s staying neutral.

Rendell said in a statement that speculation appeared to arise because he will be the co-chairman Monday of a fundraiser for Emily’s List, a national group dedicated to electing more women to political office.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, of Philadelphia, has been endorsed by Emily’s List and will speak at the event, Rendell said.

The money raised at the event does not go to the Schwartz campaign, but will be used to elect women candidates nationwide, he said.

Rendell said he has a high regard for Schwartz, as well as what he called the other five candidates in the race: Katie McGinty and John Hanger, former secretaries of the state Department of Environmental Protection; former state revenue secretary Tom  Wolf; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski; and state Treasurer Rob McCord.

McGinty, Hanger and Wolf all served in Rendell’s administration, and the former governor said that choosing one of them “would be like asking a father to pick his favorite of three children.”

Rendell said that McCord and Pawlowski – who brings his campaign to Erie today — also would make “good candidates and fine governors.”

Rendell didn’t mention at least two other candidates in the race, Max Myers and Jo Ellen Litz.

The winner will advance and face Gov. Tom Corbett in the November 2014 election.

– John Guerriero


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