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Wolf, Wagner begin organizing campaigns

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Feb 2, 2017 5:28 AM

Wagner announced his intention to run for governor at a press conference in one of his waste-hauling facilities. (Photo by Katie Meyer/WITF)

(Harrisburg) -- The 2018 gubernatorial race is in its very early stages, and its two declared candidates are already making moves to get their campaigns rolling.

With well over a year until the election, the only people who have thrown in their hats are current governor Tom Wolf, a democrat, and conservative GOP State Senator Scott Wagner, who owns a lucrative waste-hauling company.

Wolf and Wagner, both from York County, filed their campaign finance reports this week.

Wagner stocked his with a $4 million loan--from himself--which puts his total funds at $4.3 million.

Wolf's more modest report shows $1.7 million. He spent over $32 million over the course of his first campaign.

The governor has also begun shuffling key staff members out of the Capitol and onto the campaign.

Notably Mary Isenhour, the administration's former chief of staff, made the switch to campaign advisor.

Former spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan has also jumped to the campaign side, becoming Wolf's new campaign manager.

This story has been updated to correct the amount of money Governor Tom Wolf spent in his first campaign. 

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