Rep. Scott Conklin won’t run for Pennsylvania governor

mmorgan@centredaily.comMarch 10, 2014 

Rep. Scott Conklin’s name will not appear on the ballot for the 2014 governor’s race.

The deadline for filing petitions for office is Tuesday.

After mulling the decision for months, Conklin, D-Rush Township, told the Centre Daily Times on Monday that he instead will focus on his House seat and current projects.

“It’s very humbling to have the amount of people contacting me asking me to run, but I believe we are very represented,” he said of the seven Democrats who have announced their candidacies for the position.

Conklin cited his work on spikes in the cost of variable-rate electric bills as a project that he wants to focus on as a member of the General Assembly. He is working with Republicans and the Public Utility Commission to make the system more user-friendly and try to save Pennsylvania residents money.

The seven Democratic candidates who have announced a run for governor are former state Environmental Protection secretary John Hanger, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, former state Environmental Protection secretary Katie McGinty, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former auditor general Jack Wagner and York businessman Tom Wolf.

Gov. Tom Corbett will look to defend his seat against Republican Bob Guzzardi, an Ardmore attorney and businessman.

Conklin said he also is working on a bill that would help residents heat their homes by adding funding to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Under the bill, the funding would be generated through a 10 cents-per-volume severance fee on every 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas.

The state representative, who ran for lieutenant governor in 2010, didn’t rule out a possibility of another run for governor or lieutenant, but said that right now, he is focused on his position in the House.

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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