Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, Joe Hoeffel officially kicked off his campaign with a three-city, cross-state tour with a stop in Pittsburgh this morning.
City Councilman Bill Peduto stood next to Hoeffeland and said he's endorsing the Montgomery County Commissioner because he believes Hoeffel has the ideas that will improve Pennsylvania's economy.
Hoeffel says Pennsylvania need a governor who will challenge the legislature in Harrisburg to improve our state’s economy.
He says if elected governor, he plans to address the discrimination problem: discrimination against poor children, the uninsured, poor communities, and gays.
Hoeffel says the three main issues in this race are creating jobs, improving public schools and expanding health care.
He says he was glad that Philadelphia millionaire Tom Knox withdrew from the race because that eliminated the possibility of someone with no political background “buying the election.” Knox endorsed Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and called on Hoeffel, Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and Auditor General Jack Wagner to do the same.
Despite trailing Onorato slightly in recent polls, Hoeffel says at this time, all Democratic candidates are tied and it’s a wide-open race. A Quinnipiac survey indicated 59% of voters were undecided.