State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

The minister bows out

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Feb 24, 2014 11:19 AM
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This morning, the Associated Press reported the Democratic gubernatorial primary field has dropped, once again, to seven candidates: Cumberland County minister Max Myers has withdrawn from the race, citing difficulty raising money.

From Myers’ press release:

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

Myers was the only gubernatorial candidate to focus attention on the plight of the poor. His goal was both to improve public understanding about poverty and to engage people in using their talents to help everyone in their communities prosper.

Myers also was the only candidate to propose:

  • A moratorium on fracking to prevent further environmental harm until gas extraction can be done safely.
  • A People’s Commission to examine state government and work to make it more representative of the needs and desires of ordinary citizens.
  • An out-of-the box solution to the pension crisis with a financial transaction tax that allows large and permanent property tax cuts by school districts.

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

Myers said he is grateful for the experience of the campaign.

“My wife Nina and I especially want to thank my fellow Democratic candidates for their genuine kindness toward us. We always felt it an honor to be counted among them,” Myers added.

Myers also expressed gratitude to the Democratic Party leadership and county chairs who opened their arms and gave him an opportunity to engage the people.

The Myers campaign considered itself a prototype for future political campaigns in which candidates focus more on empowering citizens, rather than politicians, and refusing labels that divide people. He believes that long-term progress is most likely to happen when people build bridges and come together for a greater common good.

Myers said he does not plan to run for public office again but plans to stay involved in public issues as opportunities arise.

“May we never lose hope that it is possible to create a better Pennsylvania,” he said.

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