Kirkland endorses Wolf for Governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf announced a series of endorsements this morning, including one from state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159, of Chester.

“Tom Wolf is focused on economic development that will help places like Chester City,” Kirkland said in a statement. “He will make education a priority so we are not faced with situations like what happened to the Chester Upland School District. Tom Wolf knows the value of education and as we fight to make sure our schools get fair funding, Tom will be a valuable partner in the governor’s office.”

Chester Upland has been in receivership for more than a year. The district nearly shuts its doors in January 2012 when it ran out of funding. The school board filed a federal lawsuit, a process that prevented the district from closing. Chester Upland was declared financially distressed in August 2012 and Joseph Watkins was brought in as receiver to implement a recovery plan.

Wolf, of York County, is one of seven Democratic candidates vying for the party’s endorsement. A York County businessman, Wolf served as the state revenue secretary under former Gov. Ed Rendell.

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