Democrat Max Myers technically has been running for Governor for 18 months now. But when he officially kicks off his campaign next week, the protestant minister from Cumberland County will do so at a the state’s most prominent LGBT community center.
In a media advisory Thursday, Myers’ campaign announced that his first stop will be at the William Way Community Center this Monday in Philadelphia.
A minister with the Assemblies of God, a denomination of Pentecostal Christians, he runs a school for ministers in Mechanicsburg. He’s worked as a preacher in several parts of the country.
“[PA’s founding father William] Penn had a vision of success for this state, and all would be treated with honor and respect,” Myers told PoliticsPA in September 2011. “We have drifted away from these key virtues. If we can return to these ways, we can become a healthier Commonwealth, and I believe I have the capacity to bring us there.”
His announcement release says the priorities of his campaign will be, “moving citizens out of poverty in our rural and urban areas, creating world class education for all children, creating a business and manufacturing environment that will build employment, and Govern with empowered leadership, not partisan politics.”
He’ll start Monday morning in Philly then head to Harrisburg. Tuesday will take him to Pittsburgh and Erie, followed by Allentown on Wednesday.
He hosted a reception a few weeks ago at the Pa. Democrats’ winter state committee meeting.
With no political resume and a geographic base not conducive to statewide Democratic candidates, Myers is a long shot. He is the second officially declared Democratic candidate following former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger.
Here’s his bio from the release:
Born the third of four sons and raised in a small farming community in Morrisonville, Illinois, Max Jay Myers chose at a young age to live a life of service to God, family and country.
After graduating from high school in 1971, Myers volunteered to enlist in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany and served for three years until his honorable discharge. Max was awarded the Army Commendation Medal; he went on to be commissioned an officer in the National Guard. After his service to the country in the military, Max got his Bachelor of Arts at North Central University and began pastoring Assemblies of God churches in several cities, including Morris, Illinois; Waupaca, Wisconsin; and Hutchinson, Minnesota.
Fueled by his accomplishments in military and pastoral leadership, Max continued working with community organizations. While living in Minnesota he was a member of the board of directors for the McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence. He also served on the Tri-County Welfare-to-Work Task Force, working with local social service providers to assist those coming off public assistance with transportation. Out of his passion to help people who found themselves in a difficult position, Max participated in laying the groundwork for the non-profit organization Common Cup, which pooled the resources of local churches to assist those in need. He also helped to develop a staffed counseling department at his church that offered its services free of charge to the community.
Max partnered with his wife, Nina, in 2001 to open their first small business in downtown Hutchinson, called “Coffee Company.” A second location was added to their popular shop the following year.
Using the above three decades of experience in leadership, Max moved to Central Pennsylvania and became the director of a ministry school in Mechanicsburg. During this time Max decided to share with others the nature of his success in leadership through the book The Tail That Wags the Dog, which serves as an instructional on ways to reshape pastoral leadership. Max’s continuous pursuit of effective community change has motivated him to purchase blighted property in Harrisburg. By renovating and renting the properties Max provides residents with affordable quality housing. He also serves as a “Big Brother” with Big Brothers / Big Sisters of the Capital Region and has a private pilots license. Max and Nina have two children and five grandchildren.