Primary preview: here’s who is running for governor The state

A high-profile competition in the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania may capture all the headlines, but the race for the successor to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who will step down in January 2023 after serving a maximum of two to four years, is also a big deal. The race gained further urgency after a draft U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week to dismiss Rowe v. Wade, which enshrined the constitutional right to abortion.

This is because, in addition to having significant executive and regulatory powers, the main executive branch of the Commonwealth has the right to sign or veto legislation. And in the case of Wolf, a former Planned Parenthood volunteer, one person has risen up against bills written by Republicans seeking to restrict abortion rights.

The governor is also responsible for proposing an annual budget, which is a starting point, but far from final, as to how much the Commonwealth spends annually on policy priorities such as public education, transportation, social security programs, agriculture, and economic development. The final product must be agreed with the General Assembly and approved by midnight on June 30, when the state closes its accounts for the financial year.

Like the Senate, the Governor’s Mansion can be a starting point for greater political ambitions. A few days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, then-Republican Gov. Tom Ridge resigned to become President George W. Bush’s first director of internal security.

Here’s a look at the candidates who will go to the polls on May 17th.


opposition in this year’s nomination contest. Former State MP and elected Montgomery County Commissioner Shapiro sues former Trump administration over environmental, abortion politics; negotiated compromises with health giants and police unions; claims that this story of “great battles” makes him a strong choice.


The 66-year-old Barletta is a former member of Congress from Lucerne County and a former mayor of Hazelton, where he made national headlines for his tough policies against illegal immigrants in a city in northeastern Pennsylvania. He was among former President Donald Trump the first supporters of Congress; claimed he could defeat Trump’s Democrats, and said he had the best position to win the nomination.

Although he said there was “very little light” among Republican contenders on politics, Barlett, who opposes abortion and will sign a law restricting it in the event of election, said he would support exclusions in cases of rape or incest or where the life of a pregnant person is in danger.

Barletta has vowed to repeal Pennsylvania’s postal voting law, noting: with a little rhetoric at the April debatethat “We know that dead people all their lives voted in Pa. Now they don’t even have to leave the cemetery. We have a procedure for using absentee ballots. We also need to have a voter ID. We must bring honesty to our elections. “

The Republican County Center Republican is currently acting caretaker for the Republican Senate. Formerly the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, his fingerprints have been on all major legislation to clean up the Republican-controlled Senate during the Wolf administration. He is proud to be working to block the initiatives of the democratic administration. And he hit the headlines during a campaign for the impeachment of Philadelphia County Attorney Larry Krasner.

Gail, 32-year-old Montgomery County commissioner; voted against approving the results of the 2020 elections; vocal critic of the Republican establishment and postal voting; supports the privatization of alcohol. He is running with his brother, U.S. Senate candidate Sean Gale. You can read Full Capital-Star questions and answers with Joe Gale here.

66-year-old Gerau of Cumberland County is a veteran Republican activist, political consultant and commentator. He called himself a conservative “happy warrior.” You can read Full Capital-Star questions and answers from Gera are here.

Hart, 59, is a former Republican congressman and a state senator from western Pennsylvania. She wants to be a major negotiator to cut taxes and expand school choices. She does not like bureaucracy, against abortion. She withdrew from the race on Friday and supported Barletta. Like Corman, her name will remain on the ballots of the primary ballot.

Mastriana, 58, is a former U.S. Army colonel who now serves as a state senator from Franklin County. He became famous in opposition to the policy of shutting down the Wolf pandemic in 2020, and spread baseless allegations of fraud about the 2020 election. He was outside the U.S. Capitol January 6thwhere the video shows him getting closer than he claimed. On social media and the Conservative TV channel, he claimed to be a candidate for conservative change. He opposes the right to abortion and does not support exceptions for rape, incest or the health of a pregnant person.

McSwain, 52, a veteran and former federal prosecutor in the Philadelphia region; works according to “law and order” and supports the choice of school. Trump did his best to tell his supporters not to vote for McSwain, whom he called a “coward” who did, ”did“ absolutely nothing ”to investigate Trump’s baseless allegations of post-2020 election fraud. He also opposes the right to abortion, but, like Barletta, supports exceptions for rape, incest and pregnant life.

The 60-year-old White is a former Delaware County council member and union fitter who built a successful Contract for heating, ventilation and air conditioning business. He also advocates the abolition of postal voting and opposes the right to abortion. Like Mastriana, White also opposes any exceptions to rape, incest or the life of a pregnant person.

The 65-year-old Zama is a political novice and cardiac surgeon Pakanos, who immigrated to the US from Cameroon as a child. He argued that Pennsylvania was “dying” and needed a fresh face to fight education and recovery from COVID-19. You can read Complete Capital-Star questions and answers from Zama here.

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