Pennsylvania’s Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro won the gubernatorial race by 14 points in a swing state. Shapiro is the first candidate to succeed a governor of the same party there since 1966.
Shapiro made his Jewish faith a central part of his campaign, pitting him against his Republican competitor, Doug Mastriano, who employed Christian themes throughout his messaging.
“The Talmud teaches us that no one is required to complete the task, but neither are we free from it. I think it means that each of us has a responsibility to do our part,” Shapiro said in Jewish Democratic Council of America video.
With crime a top concern among voters, Mastriano and other Republicans said Shapiro had already mishandled the issue.
However, Shapiro has said he plans to make Pennsylvanians feel safer moving forward.
“We’re going to hire more police officers when I’m governor, but we’re going to make sure they are properly trained from the communities they are sworn to serve and protect and look like the people they are interacting with every day,” Shapiro said at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
When it comes to education, he supports school choice while also saying the state will fully fund public education. His plan to grow the commonwealth’s economy includes further reducing the corporate tax rate and investing in renewable energy.
SHANNON LONGWORTH: PENNSYLVANIA’S DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH SHAPIRO WON THE GUBERNATORIAL RACE BY 14 POINTS IN A SWING STATE.
HE’S THE FIRST CANDIDATE TO SUCCEED A GOVERNOR OF THE SAME PARTY THERE SINCE 1966.
AS ONE OF 9 NEW STATE GOVERNORS ENTERING 2023, JOSH SHAPIRO IS JUST ONE NAME YOU NEED TO KNOW.
SHAPIRO MADE HIS JEWISH FAITH A CENTRAL PART OF HIS CAMPAIGN, POSING HIM AGAINST HIS REPUBLICAN COMPETITOR, DOUG MASTRIANO, WHO EMPLOYED CHRISTIAN THEMES THROUGHOUT HIS MESSAGING.
JOSH SHAPIRO: “THE TONLA TEACHES US THAT NO ONE IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE TASK, BUT NEITHER ARE WE FREE FROM IT. I THINK THAT MEANS THAT EACH OF US HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO OUR PART. TO GET OFF THE SIDELINES…”
LONGWORTH: WITH CRIME A TOP CONCERN AMONG VOTERS, MASTRIANO AND OTHER REPUBLICANS SAID SHAPIRO HAS ALREADY MISHANDLED THE ISSUE.
DOUG MASTRIANO: “OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS SIX YEARS UNDER HIS BELT TO RUN ON, BUT HE CAN’T RUN ON THE ISSUES. HE CAN’T RUN ON HIS RECORD OF CRIME.”
LONGWORTH: BUT SHAPIRO SAYS HE HAS PLANS TO MAKE PENNSYLVANIANS FEEL SAFER MOVING FORWARD.
SHAPIRO: “WE’RE GOING TO HIRE MORE POLICE OFFICERS WHEN I’M GOVERNOR, BUT WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PROPERLY TRAINED FROM THE COMMUNITIES THEY ARE SWORN TO SERVE AND PROTECT AND LOOK LIKE THE PEOPLE THEY ARE INTERACTING WITH EVERY DAY.”
LONGWORTH: ON SOME ISSUES, SHAPIRO IS TAKING A MODERATE STANCE TO GLEAN SUPPORT ACROSS THE AISLE. WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION, HE SUPPORTS SCHOOL CHOICE WHILE ALSO SAYING
SHAPIRO: “WHEN I AM GOVERNOR WE WILL FULLY FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION.”
LONGWORTH: HIS PLAN TO GROW THE COMMONWEALTH’S ECONOMY INCLUDES FURTHER REDUCING THE CORPORATE TAX RATE AND INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY.