Most Dem candidates avoiding gubernatorial forum

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — What’s billed as the first candidates’ forum of Pennsylvania’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign may also be the smallest.

Most of more than a half-dozen Democratic hopefuls say scheduling conflicts will prevent them from appearing in Wednesday night’s forum.

As of Friday, only two candidates planned to participate: John Hanger, a state government veteran who has served as environmental protection secretary and utility regulator, and Max Myers, a minister and former Republican.

The Harrisburg forum features an “open-mike” format in which citizens may ask the would-be governors about anything for 90 minutes, while the Pennsylvania Cable Network cameras roll.

Among those invited but not planning to attend are Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democrats including U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, and former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf.

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