5 Dem gov candidates avoid conflicts at forum

    Five Democrats who want to become Pennsylvania’s next governor touted their credentials but avoided criticizing one another at a fast-paced candidates’ forum.

    Friday night’s 90-minute discussion drew a standing-room-only crowd in a small conference room in a Harrisburg hotel.

    Participating were two former state environmental protection secretaries — John Hanger and Katie McGinty — state Treasurer Rob McCord, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and York businessman Tom Wolf.

    They roundly criticized Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and generally agreed on many issues, including the need for more money for public education, the benefits of expanding the Medicaid program with federal dollars, abortion rights, same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.

    The sharpest disagreement was over a bill to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance for Pennsylvania motorists.

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