by Peter Jackson, Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP)—John Hanger is now the first declared candidate in the 2014 election for Pennsylvania governor.
The Democrat announced his candidacy Wednesday at Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market and planned to ride in a school bus to the Capitol in Harrisburg for a similar news conference. A third announcement is planned Thursday in Pittsburgh.
The 55-year-old Hanger touted his record as a state utility regulator and the Rendell administration’s secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.
He vows to make education the top priority for state funding and to end Pennsylvania’s status as the only major natural gas-producing state that does not tax gas production. He supports gay marriage and legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
Several other Democrats also are considering challenges to Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s planned re-election bid.