Welcome back to Broad + Liberty’s Candidate Spotlight Series! Each week, we reach out to candidates all across the Commonwealth up for election to public office — an equal number of Democrats and Republicans; incumbents and challengers. We ask one question per week about public policy pressing to you. Those answers are shared on our website every Wednesday.
Today, we are spotlighting our gubernatorial candidates’ responses to our third question. Join us later in the week for the remainder of our responses from candidates across Pennsylvania!
This week’s question: For at least the last century, Pennsylvania has been slowly losing population. Recently, while Southern and Western America offered examples of increased population during the Covid-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania experienced a population decline. What do you believe is causing this outward migration and how would you stop it?
Josh Shapiro (D)
Pennsylvanians are facing some serious challenges right now, and people are worried. I hear it across the Commonwealth — families are being crushed under a mountain of rising prices, our schools are underfunded, and people are worried about the unprecedented attacks on voting rights, workers’ rights, and the right to choose. Pennsylvanians want a leader that they can count on to get things done.
Throughout my career, I’ve taken on the big fights and gotten things done, and that’s exactly what I will continue to do as the next Governor of Pennsylvania.
I will be a Governor who will make sure Pennsylvania is open for business, improve our education system, protect our fundamental freedoms, support law enforcement and make our communities safer, invest in vocational and technical training so our children have more opportunities to succeed, and build a stronger economy by creating jobs, cutting taxes and lowering costs.
In order to move Pennsylvania forward, build a better future for our children, and make sure people not only want to stay in Pennsylvania but move here, we must make real progress and I’ll bring people from both parties together to get things done.
Lieutenant Governor nominee Austin Davis’ response will be included in tomorrow’s roundup.
Doug Mastriano (R)
The Mastriano campaign chose not to respond. Lieutenant Governor nominee Carrie Lewis DelRosso’s response will be published later this week.
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