HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's former environmental protection chief on Monday became the first Democrat to make it known he will challenge Gov. Corbett in 2014.
John Hanger, 55, who served as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, said he would make his intentions known in a series of announcements beginning Wednesday in Philadelphia and Harrisburg.
A lawyer, Hanger served on the Public Utility Commission for five years in the 1990s and headed the DEP under Gov. Ed Rendell for nearly three years. He also was founding president of the environmental group PennFuture.
In an interview Monday, he cited his experience and said the Republican governor's policies, particularly on education and the economy, should be challenged. "Gov. Corbett's first two years have been a disaster for this state," Hanger contended.