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State treasurer joins Democratic race for governor

State Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord last week joined the Demo­crat­ic race for gov­ernor.

Mc­Cord made his an­nounce­ments at Mont­gomery County Com­munity Col­lege and the In­ter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood of Elec­tric­al Work­ers Loc­al 5 ap­pren­tice­ship train­ing cen­ter in Pitt­s­burgh.

The can­did­ate pri­or­it­ized pub­lic edu­ca­tion in­vest­ment, col­lege af­ford­ab­il­ity and job cre­ation.

As treas­urer, he fought Gov. Tom Corbett’s at­tempt to privat­ize the Pennsylvania Lot­tery. He has also battled the gov­ernor on health-care cuts.

“Tom Corbett has been a bad gov­ernor, and I’m ready to get us back on track,” he said.

Upon his entry in­to the race, Mc­Cord re­ceived the en­dorse­ment of the Pennsylvania Con­fer­ence of Team­sters, which rep­res­ents about 95,000 people.

“Pennsylvania needs a lead­er who has a proven re­cord of stand­ing up for Pennsylvania’s work­ing fam­il­ies and stand­ing up to Tom Corbett’s bad policies, and Rob has both,” said Wil­li­am Hamilton, pres­id­ent of the Team­sters.

Re­pub­lic­ans are not im­pressed with Mc­Cord’s can­did­acy. Rob Gleason, chair­man of the Re­pub­lic­an Party of Pennsylvania, said he had a “pa­per-thin” re­cord.

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U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, an­oth­er Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, last week re­leased a three-point agenda to boost pub­lic schools.

Schwartz is call­ing for uni­ver­sal preschool for 4-year-olds, ex­pan­ded ac­cess to full-day kinder­garten and re­duced class size in kinder­garten through third grade; a 5-per­cent sev­er­ance tax on nat­ur­al gas pro­duc­tion to raise money for early edu­ca­tion; and a trans­par­ent fund­ing for­mula that re­cog­nizes stu­dent and school dis­trict char­ac­ter­ist­ics, con­siders loc­al ef­fort and provides sus­tained, ad­equate and fair fund­ing to every school dis­trict.

“Pennsylvania needs a new gov­ernor who un­der­stands that strong schools are the found­a­tion for build­ing a bet­ter fu­ture for our chil­dren and a stronger eco­nomy,” she said.

Mike Bar­ley, cam­paign man­ager for Corbett, de­scribed Schwartz’s plan as “flawed.”

“The simple truth to Con­gress­wo­man Schwartz’s plan is that the math just doesn’t add up,” he said. “If you tax nat­ur­al gas to the point they leave and take jobs with them, how will she be get­ting the fund­ing for any of these ini­ti­at­ives? Pennsylvani­ans can only be left to won­der what oth­er taxes she will raise to make up the dif­fer­ence.”

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Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, held a fun­draiser last week in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., fea­tur­ing 34 cur­rent and former mem­bers of the U.S. House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives.

Mar­gol­ies served one term in Con­gress in the 1990s.

The list of cur­rent mem­bers sup­port­ing her in­cludes Demo­crat­ic Whip Steny Hoy­er, of Mary­land; and rank­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers Nita Lowey (N.Y.), Henry Wax­man (Cal­if.), Max­ine Wa­ters (Cal­if.) and Dutch Rup­pers­ber­ger (Md.).

The group of former mem­bers in­cludes former CIA Dir­ect­or and Sec­ret­ary of De­fense Le­on Pan­etta (Cal­if.); former pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate Pat Schroeder (Colo.); former Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee Chair­man Mar­tin Frost (Texas); and Ron Klink, a former west­ern Pennsylvania con­gress­man who ran for Sen­ate in 2000.

“In my brief time in Con­gress, I was for­tu­nate to work with some of the best and bright­est; men and wo­men who passed Fam­ily and Med­ic­al Leave, the Brady Bill and the Clin­ton budget. I am proud that these lead­ers are stand­ing be­hind my cam­paign today,” Mar­gol­ies said.

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The dead­line to re­gister to vote in the up­com­ing elec­tion is Monday, Oct. 7.

Cit­izens can vis­it www.votespa.com to check their re­gis­tra­tion status, down­load a voter re­gis­tra­tion form and find in­form­a­tion on their polling place.

Re­gis­tra­tion forms are also avail­able at PennDOT photo and driver’s li­cense cen­ters.

For more in­form­a­tion, call toll-free 1-877-VOTESPA. ••

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