All over Western Pennsylvania, Tom’s name keeps coming up: from Allegheny Valley to the Ohio Valley and from the Eastern Region to the Western Region, people keep asking me, "Have you met Tom?"
Like so many others, I have met Tom and I am writing to share with you that this is not an ordinary campaign, and Tom is not an ordinary candidate.
This past weekend, I was proud to join with leaders from all across Western Pennsylvania to endorse Tom Wolf for Governor because he's the best candidate to give Pennsylvania a fresh start, rebuild our economy, and strengthen the middle class.
Tom Wolf today received the support of U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald,
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Democratic Chair Nancy Mills, and a host of other elected officials,
party and community leaders from Pittsburgh and throughout the region:
"I am humbled to have the support of Congressman Doyle, County Executive Fitzgerald, Mayor Peduto, and Nancy Mills and I am thrilled to join with them to fight for a fresh start for Pennsylvania," Wolf said.
Tom Wolf is focused on closing the skills gap in Pennsylvania and has called for enhanced partnerships between the state’s colleges and universities and area businesses.
As CEO of the Wolf Organization and head of the York County Chamber of Commerce, Tom led an initiative aimed at business – education partnerships because as the head of a successful business he understands the importance of hiring a skilled workforce.
Pennsylvanians across the state are beginning to understand what we in York County already knew.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf would make a great chief executive of the Keystone State.
The 65-year-old Mount Wolf native's inspiring narrative is almost legendary around here.
He's the financial wiz who gave up a previous run for governor in 2009, instead gathering all of his personal money to buy back the family's building products business after employees told him it was on the verge of bankruptcy.
In the last week, Tom has visited with students at Dallastown High School and Cedar Cliff High School to hear from the future of our workforce what they think is important as they plan to attend college and enter the job market.
Tom knows that Pennsylvania is home to some of the best public schools in the country – in fact, his two daughters attended York County public schools, where they developed the strong academic foundation that prepared them to attend top colleges and build successful careers.
As Tom travels throughout the state rallying support for his message of a "Fresh Start" for Pennsylvania, the excitement around his candidacy has made waves stretching all the way across to the other side of the political aisle.
Joseph Sabino Mistick, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published an article Saturday on the Republican Party's negative, desperate attempt to counter Tom's surging momentum and from Pennsylvanians who are hungry for his fresh ideas.
"The harpoons were flying" Mistick wrote, as a barrage of attacks from the GOP showed what Mistick described as the GOP "running scared."
Tom believes that education begins before grade school and that providing high quality education to children at a young age is a necessity. In order to do this, Tom wants to create better opportunities for the teachers and caregivers to decrease turnover and establish a continual relationship between parents, teachers, and students:
“I am proposing a policy that would create “Career Ladders” for early childhood educators. My proposal would provide greater access to workforce development training to these teachers while they work. Any parent who has had a child in a daycare or Pre-K program knows that there is a significant amount of teacher and caregiver turnover. One of the reasons is that pay is low and there are often few opportunities for career advancement and training.”
This week is the 6th Annual National Justice for Animals Week, giving us an opportunity to reflect on the treatment and care of some of our closest companions. It also presents us with the chance to take notice of the unfortunate cruelty and abuse some animals face. This sheds light on this abuse and takes steps toward ensuring the cruelty ends.
Tom grew up with dogs as pets and companions. Ginger, a 'mutt' he rescued from the pound -- and his two Collies, Rod and Sandy -- are among Tom's most cherished childhood memories. Sandy was a special member of the community, being an attentive friend to the children in the neighborhood. Everyday, Tom and his friends had lots of fun with Sandy alongside, and Sandy enjoyed their company just as much.
As a recent graduate and young professional who was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia I am happy to call Pennsylvania my home. I am supporting Tom Wolf for Governor because I want to be able to live and work in the state that I have grown up in and believe has great potential with the right leadership and good governance.
Tom is an intelligent and hardworking businessman with a proven track record of saving and growing his business by investing in workers with good compensation packages and by thinking differently about the future.
With Tom's experience and leadership we can make Pennsylvania a global leader in manufacturing and create good-paying jobs across our state.
In the old days, the first thing folks built in my town was the church, and the second thing they built was the school.
People got together to build that school whether they were rich, whether they were middle class or whether they were poor, because they all recognized they had a shared stake in making sure children received a quality education.
And it didn't matter whether they had children, whether they had grandchildren of school age or whether they had no children at all -- they contributed because they knew it was important for the community.
President’s Day is great opportunity talk about the impact our founding fathers had on this country, so did you know that many of them strongly believed in profit sharing?
Although a rarity in today’s environment, profit sharing was once immensely popular amongst America’s business community. According to a recent Newsweek article, many of our country’s founders believed that every worker should be given a stake in the company and share in its profits.
In David Johnston’s article he cites examples from Presidents Washington, Adams, Madison, and Jefferson, who each believed that profit sharing and similar practices were imperative to the success of America.
Last week, Tom Wolf released his "A Fresh Start" plan, and policy analysts are already calling it an impressive look at how Tom will tackle the issues important to Pennsylvanians.
Jon Geeting at Keystone Politics posted his top 10 "A Fresh Start" policies. Some of Jon's favorites include Tom's support of a progressive personal income tax, his plan to direct state funding to smart growth and redevelopment projects, and his call for universal access to Pre-K and full-day Kindergarten:
Pennsylvania needs a new direction with proven leadership focused on strengthening the state's economy and rebuilding the middle class.
And that's why Tom released his "A Fresh Start' policy plan as he continues traveling across Pennsylvania, where he is listening to struggling families and small businesses and talking with voters about the need to build a 21st century economy and create solid, secure middle-class jobs:
"I believe Pennsylvania's best days are ahead of us -- where a dynamic and growing economy offer opportunities and help strengthen the middle class,' said Wolf. "Too often policy making is about the next deal or reacting to the latest crisis. It's time we think ahead. Politicians in Harrisburg have failed middle class families and have plagued us with an ailing economy."