Another Lawmaker Joins GOP Field for Governor of Pennsylvania – NBC10 Philadelphia
A Republican senator from south-central Pennsylvania said on Saturday he would run for governor, adding to the GOP’s double-digit primary field to face alleged Democratic candidate, State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in next year’s elections.
Senator Scott Martin, of Lancaster County, announced it in a video on his campaign website and Facebook page. He becomes the second Republican state senator in an area about a dozen deep and likely to grow.
Martin, 49, a former county commissioner, was first elected in 2016 and is the chair of the Senate education committee.
In his video posts, he draws heavily on his experience as a county commissioner – the challenges of balancing budgets and improving services – and working to be successful as a high school and college wrestler and football player. .
He also attacks what he says holds back Pennsylvanians: government insiders, special interests, profit-hungry corporations, the media, tech companies, healthcare costs, and schools that “ignore parents and do not meet the needs of children year after year ”.
“Getting Pennsylvania back on track means focusing on the people and things that make their lives better, not on grandiose projects that sound great but never come to fruition,” said Martin. “This is why I am running for governor.”
Martin is relatively unknown statewide. However, he does have the advantage of being from a growing county that has the fourth highest number of Republicans registered in the state.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat for a second term, is constitutionally restricted for a third term. He supported Shapiro, who is serving his second term as elected state attorney general.
In the Senate, Martin provided a reliable vote for Republican leaders on tax matters, pandemic-related legislation, and burning issues like abortion, guns and the election.
The governor’s race, however, could turn on national issues.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Martin covered questions about two issues that have been at the forefront of Republican primary voters: the repeal of postal voting and the ban on abortion.
Martin said there was not enough support in the Legislature to repeal the broad state mail-in ballot law he supported in 2019. The law fell out of favor with Republicans ever since former President Donald Trump began baselessly attacking postal voting in early 2020 as plagued by fraud.
On abortion, Martin has supported Republicans’ efforts to add restrictions, since Wolf’s veto.
But these bills were introduced before a conservative majority in the U.S. Supreme Court said they would allow states to ban abortion much earlier in pregnancy and or even overturn the law. national system which has been in existence for almost 50 years.
Asked about it, Martin said he would sign “pro-life legislation,” but didn’t say exactly how far he could go to restrict or ban the practice in Pennsylvania.
“It won’t be something that can be done by a governor alone, and obviously you will have to work with the General Assembly and what we can do in the General Assembly,” Martin said.
Martin is entering the race at a time when advocates of taxpayer funding for private, parochial, and charter schools are dominant forces in underwriting Republican campaigns.
As chairman of the education committee, Martin introduced legislation opposed by school boards and teachers’ unions that aims to make it easier to open charter schools and speed up subsidies from state taxpayers. to private and parish schools for hundreds of millions of dollars in the years to come.
When asked what he had done for public schools as chair of the education committee, Martin said he had worked with families during the pandemic on issues related to education in person and masks, and “if the education they receive is in the best interests of their children.”
He also said he believed that “one size does not fit all.”
Meanwhile, he backed proposed constitutional amendments to require a two-thirds majority vote in the legislature to raise taxes and eliminate more than $ 14 billion in education property taxes.
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