It’s a crowded field in the race for Governor, and endorsements will provide a crucial opening for candidates to emerge from the pack. Thus far both Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord have proven themselves to be amongst the most capable in this regard.
On Wednesday, these two candidates added to their credentials by each securing organizational endorsements.
Schwartz picked up a big win by getting the backing of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.
“Allyson Schwartz is far and away the best candidate to take on Governor Corbett next fall,” Nina Esposito-Visgitis, President of PFT 400 said. “She has a detailed plan to reverse the damage of Governor Corbett’s cuts in her first term and make unprecedented investments in universal pre-kindergarten for four-year olds.”
Schwartz – along with most of the Democratic hopefuls – has said that education would be her top priority as Gov.
Significantly, this endorsement comes from the key battleground area of the race: Pittsburgh and Western Pa. With all of the major candidates hailing from SEPA, establishing a strong foothold in Pittsburgh is a must.
Rob Mccord announced Tuesday that he has the support of the Pennsylvania State Corrections OffIcers Association (PSCOA).
“When we met with Rob McCord we sensed that he understood the challenges we face and that he was committed to working with us,” said PSCOA President Roy Pinto. “We know that Rob appreciates the needs of working families better than any other candidate because he grew up in such a family.”
A statewide endorsement like this is a always beneficial, especially considering that the PSCOA has 9,500 members across Pennsylvania.
Other Democratic candidates for Governor include former DEP Secretaries John Hanger and Katie McGinty, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, and former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf.