Candidates for governor meet with conservative group

KELLY TOWNSHIP, UNION COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - 2018 is an election year for the commonwealth and the governor’s seat is available. 

Governor Wolf is looking to serve another four year term. While there is no democrat running against Wolf, republicans are looking to beat the incumbent.

Two out of the three republican candidates for the governor’s seat met with 'Susquehanna valley conservatives' Monday to go over what their agenda is in Harrisburg.

"Which is let's restore the dream of America to the children on Pennsylvania and let’s bring our jobs back and children back home" said Republican candidate Paul Mango.

Laura Ellsworth, one of the other candidates, said "and what they are lacking is a governor who understands that we need to put those pieces together and lead. And that is why I am in this race."

If you believe the polls Laura Ellsworth and Paul mango have a lot of ground to make to become the GOP nominee for governor.

They got together for a forum in union county. The front runner, Senator Scott Wagner did not attend.

"We at 'Susquehanna Valley Conservatives' are disappointed that Senator Wagner is not appearing here" Said Paul Hartman of Susquehanna Valley Conservatives.

 The Republican Party endorsed Wagner last month.

 Despite his absence the other candidates tackled topics like pro-life issues and state pension reform.

"What I would not do is yank the rug from under people who are close to retirement age who have worked and save, or not their entire whole life and an expectation for a pension" Ellsworth said.

"401k for all new employees coming in, again we're not going to change anything for those who have been there for 25 or 30 years but if the new ones" said Mango.

Throughout the reform both Ellsworth and mango were on the same wave length, including restoring jobs, less taxes and restoring the power back to the people.

"They want to be inspired again. They feel that we have great opportunities but we are squandering them, they feel we are stall, they feel we are stuck" Mango said.

"They want honesty and transparency from their government so they the people can make the decisions for what's right for them" Ellsworth said.

Getting their name and message to the voters will be the key going into the primaries and ultimately the general election in November.

The primary will be held on May 15th

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