To me, it is not a question of running, it is about serving.
I grew up the son of an Irish Catholic Steelworker and an Italian-American working mother. In our family we understood the importance of organized labor and believed in the Democratic party. When I was 20 years old I ran for city council in my hometown of Norristown, PA because I believed that the city deserved better. I became the youngest elected official in the state of Pennsylvania.
After I left office my wife Lisa and I focused increasingly on our family and our careers. However, as time went on I stayed involved in Democratic politics often serving as a committee person and began taking on roles in community organizations. My family though was always my top priority.
Over the last ten years I have watched, and experienced first hand, how our government often seems to be working for the wealthy and powerful rather than for the rest of us and political parties seem more interested in scoring points than solving problems.
As I was raising my children, caring for my ailing father, and continuing to focus on my career it always remained in the back of my mind that we needed to do better for one another and that meant serving.
We have serious problems which require action, I am convinced our problems can and will be solved by Americans with real-world experience (not career politicians) who want to get things done. Twitter celebrities, career politicians, and reality stars are not going to get the job done.
We have a great opportunity to bring practical solutions to Pennsylvania politics. It is time to tell both parties and all career politicians that we are finished with their approach to our serious problems; it hasn’t worked. It is time to elect a senator who will represent all Pennsylvanians, and bring real world solutions to our very real problems.
As RFK stated with humility, sincerity, and grace almost fifty years ago: “I run because I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course and because I have such strong feelings about what must be done, and I feel that I'm obliged to do all that I can.”