Democratic candidates running for governor engaged in a forum Friday night in Harrisburg. Political insider, Dr. Terry Madonna says, right now, it’s hard to determine the differences between the candidates, because they agree on many issues, but he says there’s one exception.
“The one bid difference is John Hanger, former Chairman of the Dept. Of Environmental Protection. He has called for the legalization of marijuana. Most of them are for medical marijuana. The State Senate is holding a hearing on Tuesday on the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana.”
Madonna says, 20 forums are scheduled. He adds, at some point the candidates will have start debating the issues. Madonna was a guest on the AM Edition Monday morning.
The 6th Congressional District seat will feature a newcomer, after Congressman Jim Gerlach announced that he would not seek another term in office. Pottstown native, Ryan Costello, a Republican candidate, has thrown his hat in the ring. Costello says, the challenges in D.C. can’t be changed by one person.
“We need to make sure the one person we send down to Congress in the 6th Congressional District is reflecting our values and is doing what they can to work with others. There’s enough folks down there that see fighting and rhetoric as sufficient for purposes of representing their district and I don’t agree with that.”
Costello, an attorney, has built up a political resume over the years in Chester County as a County Commissioner. Costello was a guest on the AM Edition Thursday morning with Darryl Berger.
Montgomery County Commissioner, Leslie Richards reacts to a Judge Bernard McGinley’s decision in Commonwealth Court on Friday that struck down the State’s Voter Photo I-D Law, which requires voters to present a photo I-D when casting a ballot.
“I’m really happy. I think this was a really unjust law. Sp I was really please with Judge McGinley’s decision. I truly believe that requiring photo ID was a burden on voters and individuals right to vote.”
Richards, a guest on the AM Edition Monday morning, is the Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Elections. The Corbett Administration is likely to appeal the decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
6th District Congressman Jim Gerlach announced last week that he would not seek another term in office. Gerlach says it’s been a difficult time over the last several years in D.C.
“Not a fun place to work. The only way it’s really going to change is if President Obama moves toward the center of the way President Clinton did.”
Gerlach, who spent several years in the state legislature before heading to Washington as a Congressman is still weighing his options when he leaves Congress. Gerlach was a guest on WNPV’s AM Edition Monday Morning.