Jack Wagner jumps in late to another primary

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I am not a fan of reruns, in television and in my daily life. I couldn’t help but laugh, however, when I saw the news that Jack Wagner was once again planning to seek higher office, this time for governor of Pennsylvania (“Jack Wagner Joins the Throng Seeking Nod From Democrats,” Feb. 21). The news brought back memories of a failed gubernatorial and mayoral bid, making me wonder why the defeated politician would seek office again.

Jack Wagner appears to have entered this race in hopes of splitting votes with the seven other candidates in the primary. With an extensive history in Pittsburgh, Mr. Wagner will certainly use name recognition to fuel his campaign, which lacks funds and momentum. The interesting aspect in this election, however, is the simple fact that Jack Wagner suffered miserable defeats in Pittsburgh two times in the last four years, making a victory questionable among very qualified candidates from the east.

Candidates such as Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord, Kathleen McGinty and Tom Wolf have campaigned for months, similar to Bill Peduto and Michael Lamb in the 2013 Pittsburgh mayoral election, and certainly deserve to run because of their commitment to their campaigns. Their ideas and focus issues for Pennsylvania certainly outweigh name recognition, and Mr. Wagner’s decision to enter the race made my decision very simple for my first time voting. Pennsylvania does not need a rerun politician, but a governor who stands up for us.

JOSEPH SAMUEL ROGERS
Brookline


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