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Kevin Haggerty pledges to support labor community if elected in 2012


DECEMBER 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Kevin Haggerty pledges to support labor community if elected in 2012


REGION- December 6th- A 39 year old Dunmore resident, a 1991 Dunmore High School graduate, and former United States Marine, Kevin Haggerty is again challeging current Pennsylvania House of Representative Ken Smith (112th Legislative District) and promises to support the labor community if elected in 2012. Both Mr. Haggerty and Representative Smith are Democrats.

During a interview, Mr. Haggerty stated he would support the labor community by voting against the anti-union legislative agenda that Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is pushing.

Mr. Haggerty resigned from his employment on August 1st to run full-time for the 112th Legislative District seat which will likely not include any part of Scranton due to re-districting in Harrisburg.

Next years campaign will be Mr. Haggerty’s second. He was unsuccessful in defeating Mr. Smith in 2010, when two other Democrats also ran.

“My. wife is a member of the PSEA (Pennsylvania State Educational Association) Union,” stated Mr. Haggerty.

Kevin Haggerty’s wife Jennifer grew-up in Minooka and is a librarian in the Riverside School District and a member of the PSEA.

Mr. Haggerty told the newspaper he does not support the selling of the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Stores and would only consider the idea if “safeguards” were put into the legislation to protect the jobs of the workers.

Also, he is against Mr. Corbett’s “school vouchers program” and will vote against any bill that will weaken Prevailing Wage laws.

When asked about the cuts being made of firefighters by Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty, Mr. Haggerty said he was for public safety and will not support any legislation that was anti-municipal union.

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