Gubernatorial hopefuls talk issues at WCU

by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 10/31/13

WEST CHESTER — Getting a jump on the primary, three gubernatorial Democratic candidates seeking nomination in the spring debated the issues at West Chester University Wednesday evening.

The candidates were unified in their distaste for current Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, but with diverse backgrounds, brought different proposed styles of governance and campaign focus.

Candidates John Hanger, Jo Ellen Litz and Max Myers accepted invitations to attend the debate.

So far, eight Democrats have declared themselves as candidates for governor in the upcoming 2014 election.

All declared candidates, including Corbett, were invited to attend.

Moderated by Peter Loedel, chairman of the university’s political science department, the candidates opened up to an intimate crowd of students and residents in an open debate at Philips Autograph Library in the Philips Memorial Hall. …

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Democratic gubernatorial debate slated

By Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 10/29/13

WEST CHESTER – Three gubernatorial candidates seeking the Democratic nomination and a chance to oust incumbent Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will face off in a debate at West Chester University Wednesday evening.

Candidates John Hanger, Jo Ellen Litz and Max Myers accepted invitations to attend the debate.

So far, eight Democrats have declared themselves candidates in the upcoming 2014 governor election.

All declared candidates were invited to attend.

“It’s a good chance for all concerned, I think, and not just the candidates,” said Nathaniel Smith, borough resident and debate organizer. “This is going to be a very big race and the issues.”

The debate will begin at 7 p.m. in the Philips Autograph Library in the Philips Memorial Hall located at 700 S. High Street in West Chester. The room is located upstairs above Asplundh Concert Hall.

The debate is being sponsored by the SAC and the Political Science Department at West Chester University.

The candidates will field questions from attendees, mainly students, and will likely touch on education, fracking, environment and partisanship.

West Chester University student MaryBeth Sadow helped coordinate the event. As the contemporary issues chair of the student activities council, Sadow said the group tries to bring in a few events each year focused on current topics. An international relations major, Sadow said she wanted to do something to engage the students with what was happening at the state and local government level.

“I wanted to give them the opportunity to speak to the source,” Sadow said.

While there are a variety of issues to discuss, Sadow said she thinks students will be focused on education with questions tailored toward support for higher education and rising tuition among the students concerns….

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Meet and Greet John Hanger for Governor

John Hanger 7:12:13

The West Chester Democratic Committee has not endorsed any candidate for Governor. To download a pdf of the above invitation, click here: Hanger Meet and Greet 7-12-13 #4.

Please invite friends and relatives; this event is in a great setting only a few hundred yards west of the borough.

Please RSVP by the end of the day on July 10, to provide a count for food and drink.

Education emphasis: John Hanger for Governor bus stop in West Chester

John Hanger, Democratic candidate for Governor in 2014, is taking a bus tour on July 25-28 to several stops across SE PA, where he will speak on education issues (such as increasing public school and university funding and requiring greater accountability of charter schools).

On Wednesday June 26, he will address the public from the platform outside the back of the bus at West Chester University at 4:30 p.m., in the 700 block of S. Church St., east side, on the street adjacent to Ruby Jones and Anderson Halls, just south of University Ave.

Hanger and a few local speakers will address those gathered, and Hanger will answer questions, for a total of about 45 minutes.

John Hanger has been Commissioner of the PA Public Utility Commission (promoted deregulation and consumer choice of electricity sources) under Governors Casey and Ridge, founding President of PennFuture (environmental non-profit), Secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (championed alternate energy, energy conservation, and environmental regulation) under Governor Rendell…

To learn more about John Hanger’s campaign or to contribute online, please visit