Conservative activist to run for Pennsylvania governor | Politics



A pedestrian walks past the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg in March.


Associated press

Associated press

HARRISBURG – Charlie Gerow, a longtime Conservative activist, said he will run for governor of Pennsylvania and will officially join the field vying for the Republican Party’s nomination next year.

Gerow, 66, runs a communications and marketing firm in Harrisburg, is vice chairman of the American Conservative Union and a member of the party committee. He is also known to Sunday morning television audiences in central Pennsylvania for having appeared on Face the State, a public affairs show run by the local CBS subsidiary, for more than two decades.

Gerow said he will officially announce his campaign on Thursday at a Cumberland County volunteer fire department.

Gerow has appeared in the GOP event group over the past few months and has spoken to the audience as a potential candidate. This would be Gerow’s first nationwide campaign after running unsuccessfully for Congress and state legislation in the past.

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The governor’s office will be open in 2023 as Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has a term in office.

To succeed him, the Democrats are teaming up around Pennsylvania’s second term of Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who has announced that he will run for governor but has not yet officially announced his candidacy.

On the Republican side, Lou Barletta has already been declared, the former four-term congressman who was nominated for the US Senate in 2018 before losing to Democrat Bob Casey.

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