PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania voters will head to the polls for the Commonwealth primary next Tuesday. At the top of the ballot is the race for governor.
A tight field of Republican gubernatorial candidates are vying to take control of the state after eight years of Democratic governor Tom Wolf. With the Republican Party likely to retain control of the legislature, the governorship is proving to be a high-stakes election for both parties.
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The presumptive Democratic nominee is Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is unopposed in the primary. He has been working as an AG since 2017. Shapiro campaigns to fight the opioid epidemic, advocates for betrayed elders, protects the right to vote and leads criminal justice reform to protect Pennsylvanians.
According to recent polls, Republican nominee Doug Mastriano, a senator from central Pennsylvania, is leading the way.
Mastriano is an Army veteran who served in Desert Storm and has been a vocal critic of COVID-19 protocols. He called for an audit of the 2020 election and made unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud. He vows to fight for the integrity of the elections, abolish mail-in ballots and reform the state government. The first term Senator serves Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties.
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Lou Barletta served as a member of Congress but began his political career as mayor of Hazelton in northeastern Pennsylvania. He built his platform around rebuilding the economy, freeing Pennsylvania’s natural resources, fighting illegal immigration and supporting law enforcement officials.
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Former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bill McSwain was appointed by former President Donald Trump. He served as a US Marine. He is a self-proclaimed conservative Republican.
As governor, McSwain says his priorities would include strengthening the economy, reducing crime, promoting school choice and family-friendly policies, and securing the state’s elections.
David White was a Delaware County Councilman. He is a Steamfitter with decades of HVAC installation experience who owns a multi-million dollar HVAC business. He advocates putting working-class Pennsylvanians first and making the Commonwealth a focal point for business as his top priorities.
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Also on the ballot are longtime political strategist Charlie Gerow of central Pennsylvania, Poconos-based cardiac surgeon Dr. Nche Zama, Pittsburgh District Attorney and former Congresswoman Melissa Hart and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale.