Democrat Max Myers ends candidacy for governor

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 24, 2014 10:40 AM
Updated at 11:36 a.m.

(Harrisburg) -- Pentecostal minister Max Myers of Cumberland County is dropping out of the Democratic race for governor.

The 60-year-old Mechanicsburg resident has decided he cannot raise money necessary to be competitive or gather enough petition signatures to get his name on the May 20 ballot.

“The logistical and financial challenges of moving my campaign forward have become too great to overcome,” he said in a statement.

Myers, who was running his first election campaign, says he does not plan to run for governor or another public office in the future. He says he became interested in running for governor five years ago but has decided the campaign was ``a mountain too big for us to climb.''

In his announcement, Myers touted some of the proposals he offered up. They include a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas drilling and a People's Commission to examine state government to make it more representative of the needs and desires of ordinary citizens.

“I hope these ideas, now planted in the soil of political discourse, will grow among the remaining candidates,” he said.

His withdrawal leaves seven other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

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