Local and state candidates speak up

From local elections to the state governor race, a slate of candidates attended the Lycoming County Democratic Committee’s picnic and voter registration rally to tell the public why they should check their name in November.

John Hangar, who is one of eight democratic candidates for governor, noted that the race is “wide open” and it only will take about 30 percent of the votes to win the democratic nomination.

Hangar said he is the “right man” for the job and wants to invest in public education, which he called the “bedrock” of the community. He plans to only reward cyber charter schools , which he said often are “terrible, terrible schools,” that are performing well with public funding.

Ed Pawlowski, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, also spoke about the importance of investing in schools. He said as public education is “under attack” the state needs to put funds into education or it will continue to need to fund corrections.

Jo Ellen Litz, the third gubernatorial candidate of the day, told those in attendance that she will serve with honesty, transparency and integrity, if elected.

The event also featured those running locally, as well. Hugh McGee, a candidate for county sheriff, along with Kelly Anderson, Alison Hirsch and Liz Miele, all running for city council, spoke.

All spoke about how it was important to bring activities and programs for the city’s youth. They also spoke on how the city must work to bring forth a long-term solution to many issues and not just a “quick fix.”