Consultant Seeks GOP Nod In Pa. Governor’s Race

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Paul Mango has announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor in 2018.

The 58-year-old former health care consultant made the formal announcement Wednesday night at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Pittsburgh.

The suburban Pittsburgh resident promises to be a fiscal conservative who can improve the economy. He’s a virtual unknown in politics other than as a donor to Republican candidates and causes at the federal level.

In a video on his campaign website, Mango says he’s running because he’s not a politician, and blames Pennsylvania politicians for a sluggish state economy, high taxes and lagging school achievement.

Mango is critical of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s fiscal policy and handling of the economy.

But before Mango can challenge Wolf, he faces a GOP primary field that so far includes state Sen. Scott Wagner of York County and could grow to include state House Speaker Mike Turzai, also of suburban Pittsburgh.

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