Featured Candidate: John Kane, Senate District 26
August 08, 2014 | By Brandon Cwalina
John Kane, a plumber and business manager from Delaware County, is running for state Senate in the 26th district to help bring a fresh start to the longtime Republican seat that includes parts of Delaware and Chester Counties.
The 26th district race is one of the top targeted Pennsylvania Senate seats in 2014 and is considered by the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee to be the most likely to flip Democratic after having been held by Republicans for more than 30 years.
In his work as Pennsylvania Plumbers Local 690's business manager, John has overseen some of the biggest building projects across southeastern Pennsylvania, including the construction of skyscrapers, stadiums, hospitals, and schools. And along the way, he has fought for -- and won -- thousands of working-class and middle-class jobs.
John grew up in a working class family in Delaware County where he saw first-hand how important a living wage was to his entire community. If elected, John is determined to help bring Pennsylvania out of the bottom in job creation and reverse Governor Corbett's failed economic policies.
"Governor Corbett's policies have hurt our state's middle and working classes. To make sure that there are good, family-sustaining job opportunities in Pennsylvania, we need to invest in job training and workforce development, raise the minimum wage, and enact workers' protections so that no working Pennsylvanian is living in poverty."
John now lives not too far from where he grew up, with his wife Lori, a public school teacher. Together, they have four children. It's through his family that John understands how important it is to make sure that every child has access to a great education and how devastating Governor Corbett's policies have been for our schools.
Under Governor Corbett, Delaware County's public schools have seen nearly $8 million in funding disappear, all while property taxes continue to rise. John supports closing corporate loopholes and enacting a 5% severance tax to help fund a quality education system in Pennsylvania.
"Pennsylvanians have been asked to pay higher taxes every year for fewer services and our schools are worse off. Since Governor Corbett took office, our property taxes have gone up astronomically while corporations and the Marcellus Shale drillers have gotten tax breaks and sweetheart treatments."
Fresh Start Chairwoman Katie McGinty praised John Kane's community leadership and job-creating experience:
"With his proven record of job creation and understanding of the issues that plague southeast Pennsylvania, John Kane will serve the people of the 26th district with dedication and passion. Pennsylvania desperately needs a fresh start, and electing leaders like John to the Senate will help us get there."
"It would be an honor to serve the citizens of the 26th District and be their voice in Harrisburg," John said. "We need to put Pennsylvania back on the road to prosperity where every child receives a quality education, every worker earns a decent wage, every man, woman and child has access to quality healthcare, and our seniors can afford to retire."
You can read more about John at his website, http://www.votekane.com.