John Hanger Declares Run For Pa Governor

11.29.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Former state environmental protection chief John Hanger on Wednesday became the first declared candidate for governor in an election nearly two years away, vowing to boost spending for education and to tax natural-gas production. Hanger announced his candidacy for the 2014 Democratic nomination at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market and then traveled to Harrisburg on a school bus for a repeat performance at the state Capitol. He also planned to visit Pittsburgh on Thursday. The 55-year-old Hanger touted his record as a state utility regulator and the Rendell administration's secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. He laced his speech with attacks on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, who plans to seek re-election.