Hanger Withdraws From PA Governor’s Race
John Hanger announced earlier today that he was withdrawing as a Democratic candidate for PA Governor.
“Since there is no longer a path to victory in the Democratic primary,” Hanger said in a statement posted on his campaign website, “I am withdrawing my candidacy for Governor of Pennsylvania. This decision disappoints my great campaign team and me, as well as thousands of our supporters. But we have tried every possible means to find a way to win and so avoid the necessity of making this decision. With no path to victory, to press on could cause damage to the issues and people for which we campaigned.
“I want to express my profound gratitude to our friends and supporters who have made this not just a campaign for John Hanger for Governor, but a real People’s Campaign, and in a very real sense, a movement. We won’t stop talking about the issues, we won’t stop working for them. The movement will carry on. So will the fight. I will be there for it.”
Our messages of “Schools, Not Jails, Jobs Not Jails,” “Legalize, Tax and Regulate Marijuana” and “A New Birth of Freedom” in Pennsylvania are more than slogans. They mean something to our supporters in The People's Campaign; they mean something to Pennsylvanians.”
Hanger began his career as a public-interest lawyer working on behalf of low-income families for the Energy Project at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. He was the appointed Public Advocate representing customers of the Philadelphia Gas Works and the Philadelphia Water Department in rate cases and other proceedings. Currently, John is Special Counsel at Eckert Seamans, a law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh.
Hanger and his wife, Luanne Thorndyke, have been married for 33 years. Luanne is a physician, who is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric medicine, and a medical educator.