McGarrigle formally announces state Senate candidacy

Tom McGarrigle announces his candidacy for the 26th Senatorial District.

Tom McGarrigle announces his candidacy for the 26th Senatorial District.

Tom McGarrigle formally announced his candidacy for state Senate this morning outside his Springfield gas station, claiming he will be a strong voice for job creation and work tirelessly to increase educational opportunities for children.

McGarrigle, the Republican chairman of Delaware County Council, is campaigning to represent the 26th Senatorial District. The district’s current senator, Republican Edwin “Ted” Erickson, is retiring at the end of the year. McGarrigle likely will face Democrat John Kane in the general election.

Though McGarrigle made his formal announcement today, his candidacy has been known since December. The Delaware County GOP endorsed him for the position earlier this year.

Standing outside of the gas station he started from the ground, McGarrigle touted his work on county council. He cited council’s work to save the Delco refineries set for closure, the development of a comprehensive economic plan and the openings of PPL Park and Sun Center Studios.

“I decided to kick my campaign off here because it underscores my strong belief that we need representatives in Harrisburg who understand the challenges families and small businesses face every day,” McGarrigle said. “I’ve been a resident of the 26th Senatorial District for almost 40 years. My wife and I were married here (and) raised our kids here. I want this district to provide the same great opportunity it did for me when I started my business years ago.”

McGarrigle said inequities in public education must be addressed. He said the General Assembly can no longer ask school districts to generate more revenue by increasing property taxes.

“The current funding system only serves to expand the inequities between the haves and the have-nots,” McGarrigle said. “Where a family lives should not be the determining factor in the quality of education that their children receive.”

In an interview after his announcement, McGarrigle said he was willing to examine various plans to reform school funding. He also said he would support implementing further taxes on Marcellus Shale as a way to enhance state revenue, a policy opposed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

McGarrigle was joined for his announcement by several politicians, including state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester; state Rep. William Adolph, R-165, of Springfield; state Rep. Tom Killion, R-168, of Midletown; and Erickson.

Erickson praised the work McGarrigle has done as part of Delaware County council, dubbing the Springfield resident as a “well- qualified” candidate.

“I think we are going to be extremely well-served in the 26th Senatorial district by this young man beside me,” Erickson said. “Tom McGarrigle has exactly the kind of background that we need up in the state Senate. He will be a great asset to the Senate and will help Dominic Pileggi as we move forward.”

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