AccuWeather director announces senate run

An AccuWeather name has announced his intent to step into the political ring.

Ezra Nanes, director of business development for AccuWeather in State College, announced his candidacy for the Pennsylvania state Senate seat Monday. Nanes will be running on the Democrat ticket.

Nanes, 45, is a State College resident and Penn State alumnus who earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Penn State, he said in his announcement. Nanes lives with his wife, Mieke, and their two children.

Nanes pledged to work every day to bring more and better jobs to the 34th District, citing his responsibilities within AccuWeather to grow the business. He also said he seeks to improve the educational and employment climate of the district.

“Fair funding for education is another issue I care about deeply because we cannot create good jobs without an educated workforce to fill them,” he said. “The state legislature is not doing enough to meet its responsibility to fund our schools equitably.”

This announcement marks AccuWeather’s second potential foray into the world of government this year, as CEO Barry Myers was nominated by President Donald Trump to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in October.

Running as a Democrat, Nanes will challenge sitting majority leader Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, who has served the 34th District since 1998. The district covers all of Centre, Mifflin and Juniata counties and part of Huntingdon County.