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Governor Candidate Visits Erie

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It's a crowded Democratic field of candidates hoping to unseat Republican Governor Tom Corbett in his re-election bid.  One of the candidates campaigned in Erie Sunday. 

Democrat John Hanger did some media interviews in town and made an appearance at the Erie County Democratic party headquarters at 13th and State Street. 

Hanger, served as the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Ed Rendell's administration. He served on the PA Public Utility Commission in the Bob Casey administration.

One thing setting him apart in this race, his strong support for the legalization of not just medical marijuana, but recreational use as well.

"We can actually raise 300 million dollars of new tax revenue by legalizing and taxing," said Hanger.  "We can also stop wasting 300 million dollars for arresting people and going through a criminal conviction that can ruin their lives and make them unable to get a good paying job. So that's about 600 million dollars for the people in Pennsylvania. I also think it's very important to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis to sick patients."

Eight Pennsylvania Democrats have announced a run for governor in the primary.  On the list, Representative Allyson Schwartz, State Treasurer Rob McCord, businessmen Tom Wolf, and Max Myers, former DEP Secretaries Katie Mcginty and John Hanger and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.  Just last week, former Auditor General Jack Wagner added his name to the list of Democratic candidates.

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