It's official: Scott Wagner enters 2018 gubernatorial race

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 11, 2017 10:44 AM

Republican state Senator Scott Wagner of York County. (Robert J. Gurecki -- Daily Times)

(Manchester) -- Republican state Senator Scott Wagner of York County has announced he'll seek the GOP nomination for governor.

The 61-year-old maverick lawmaker has millions of his own dollars to spend on his campaign.

He's built two municipal waste-hauling companies, and currently owns Penn Waste, which has contracts with dozens of south-central Pennsylvania municipalities.

Wagner told a news conference  today in Manchester that as a businessman who's been involved in all levels of operations, he can make government more efficient.

He says "take it to the bank" he can win the GOP nomination and unseat first-term Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in 2018.

The senator has accused fellow Republicans in Harrisburg of not being conservative enough.

He's been in office since 2014, when he won a write-in bid over the GOP's hand-picked candidate.

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