A Republican senator from Southcentral Pennsylvania said Saturday that he would run for governor to expand the GOP’s double-digit, deep primary field to run against alleged Democratic candidate, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in next year’s election.
Lancaster County’s Senator Scott Martin announced this in a video on his campaign website and Facebook page. He becomes the second Republican senator in an area about a dozen deep and likely to grow.
Martin, 49, a former district commissioner, was first elected in 2016 and is chairman of the Senate’s education committee.
In his video messages, he draws heavily on his experience as a district officer – the challenges of balancing budgets and improving services – and works to achieve success as a wrestler and football player in high school and college.
He also attacks what he believes is holding the Pennsylvanians back: government insiders, special interests, for-profit corporations, media, technology companies, health care costs, and schools that “ignore parents and fail to attend to children’s needs year after year.”
“Getting Pennsylvania back on track is about focusing on the people and the things that make their lives better, not grandiose plans that sound good but never get done,” said Martin. “That’s why I’m running for governor.”
Martin is relatively unknown across the country. However, he does have the advantage of being from a growing county that has the fourth most registered Republican in the state.
Governor Tom Wolf, a second-term Democrat, is constitutionally prevented from serving a third term. He has supported Shapiro, who is serving his second term as the state’s elected attorney general.
In the Senate, Martin has given the Republican leadership a reliable voice on tax issues, pandemic-related laws, and hot topics like abortion, guns, and elections.
The governor’s race, however, could revolve around national issues.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Martin asked questions about two topics that were the main focus of Republican main voters: the repeal of the mail-in vote and the ban on abortion.
Martin said there wasn’t enough legislative support to repeal the state’s extensive postal voting law, which he backed in 2019. The law has lost favor with Republicans since former President Donald Trump began attacking postal votes for no reason in early 2020 fraudulent.
On abortion matters, Martin has supported Republican efforts to add restrictions since Wolf vetoed it.
But those bills came before the Conservative majority in the U.S. Supreme Court, signaling that they would allow states to ban abortions much earlier in pregnancy, or even to repeal the nationwide law that has been in place for nearly 50 years.
When asked, Martin said he would sign “pro-life legislation” but did not say exactly how far he would go in restricting or banning the practice in Pennsylvania.
“It’s not going to be something that a governor can do alone, and of course you have to work with the General Assembly and what we can achieve in the General Assembly,” said Martin.
Martin enters the race at a time when proponents of taxpayer funding for private, parish, and charter schools are the dominant forces in signing Republican campaigns.
As chairman of the education committee, Martin introduced a bill that is being opposed by school boards and teacher unions to make it easier for charter schools to open and to speed up government tax subsidies for private and church schools by hundreds of millions of dollars in the years to come.
When asked what he did as chairman of the public school education committee, Martin said he worked with families during the pandemic on issues related to personal tuition and masks and “whether the education they are receiving is in their best interests is”. Children.”
He also believes that “one size doesn’t fit all”.
Meanwhile, he has supported proposed constitutional amendments that require a two-thirds majority in the legislature to raise taxes and abolish more than $ 14 billion in school property taxes.