Tom Wolf campaigns on life story, experience

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jan 13, 2014 4:00 AM

Tom Wolf is one of eight candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for governor

(Harrisburg) -- Democrat Tom Wolf has raised more than $2.9 million dollars for his gubernatorial campaign and plans on spending $10 million of his own money on the race.

Now Wolf is working to put his name recognition on par with his campaign coffers.

The York County businessman and former state Secretary of Revenue says his experience sets him apart from the other seven contenders for the Democratic nomination.

Wolf earned a his Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, served in the Peace Corps and ran a hardware store before buying and growing the family business.

As a candidate for governor, he says he can make Pennsylvania an engine for economic development.

“We need to do everything in our power to make Pennsylvania that kind of place, and that means we have to invest in education, we have to invest in transportation, we have to make sure we have a level playing field in terms of our tax policy,” he explained on Smart Talk, “…and I think we have to exploit profitably, but also responsibly, the natural resource that lies beneath our feet.”

Wolf favors a five percent extraction tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production. He also supports hiking the state's minimum wage, which has stood at $7.25 since 2009.

He's not the only Democratic candidate with cash-on-hand however. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz raised $6.5 million last year.

All candidates have until the end of the month to file their campaign finance reports.

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