Cumberland County minister Myers drops out of Democratic primary for Pa. governor

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Max Myers, the Cumberland County minister who advocated a statewide ban on fracking to extract natural gas from Marcellus Shale, has dropped from the Democratic race for governor.

In a statement, he said, “The logistical and financial challenges of moving my campaign forward have become too great to overcome.’’

Mr. Myers’ campaign emphasized issues of poverty and proposed a “peoples’ commission,” to seek solutions to longstanding state problems.

He was an articulate presence in the various candidate forums, but his iconoclastic candidacy attracted little support, financial or otherwise. He declined to seek the Democratic Party endorsement at a meeting in Hershey earlier this month, but said then he was “absolutely’’ committed to remaining in the race. Given his lack of support, his departure isn’t likely to have any impact on the dynamics among the seven remaining Democratic contenders in the May 20 primary.

They are Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz; Treasurer Rob McCord; U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz; Tom Wolf, a York County businessman and former state secretary of revenue; Katie McGinty, a former state secretary of environmental resources; John Hanger, another former DEP chief; and the newest entry, former Auditor General Jack Wagner, who, with little fanfare, joined the race last week.

Politics editor James O'Toole: or 412-263-1562.

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