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Former U.S. Attorney Bill Maxwin announces his candidacy for governor of Pennsylvania

On Monday, former U.S. Attorney Bill Maxwin announced his candidacy for the governor of Pennsylvania at a press conference held on the steps of the Chester County courthouse.

Dozens of supporters participated in the event along with his wife Stephanie and their four children. Maxwin became the eighth Republican candidate to announce his candidacy for governor of Pennsylvania.

Maxwin said to the crowd: “I am a fighter, a fighter with conservative values. These values ​​can inspire people and make our communities flourish.”

“As governor, I promise to protect you from any threats from the federal government, including any attempt to impose socialism or restrict our freedom.”

Maxwin was a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, appointed by then President Donald Trump. He is responsible for the public safety of nearly 6 million residents in the area.

McSwain is also a former officer of the US Marine Corps. He describes himself as a candidate for severe crimes. He will do everything he can to ensure that Pennsylvania is safer, freer and more prosperous.

“I oppose Philadelphia’s dangerous sanctuary city policy. I put the thugs, robbers and arsonists who tried to destroy Philadelphia last summer in jail,” he said.

“The people who burned police cars and threw Molotov cocktails in front of the city hall were not heroes; they were criminals to be prosecuted,” he said. “I put violent criminals and corrupt public officials in jail.”

One of the speakers, Terri O’Connor, shared how McSwain helped her after her husband, Philadelphia police officer Cpl. James O’Connor was shot dead while on duty.

March 13, 2020, Cpl. O’Connor worked in the SWAT team and was shot dead while entering a property during the execution of the murder order. Nine guns and a large amount of drugs were later found in the property.

Terri O’Connor shared how Bill McSwain helped her after her husband, Philadelphia police officer Cpl. James O’Connor was shot dead on March 13, 2020 while performing official duties. (Lily Sun/Epoch Times)

Terri O’Connor told The Epoch Times that McSwain took her husband’s case away from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and demanded that the murderer be sentenced to death.

“So they [the killers] Not going anywhere now. There is no opportunity for backdoor transactions, anything behind the scenes,” she said.

She thanked Maxwin for his efforts, which meant that her husband’s murderer would never be allowed to return to the street.

“If you do something criminal, you should be locked up in jail. My husband’s murderer should not be released. They have multiple cases and they have been released. Because of this, my husband is not here now, “she says.

Maxwin emphasized that he supports the police and upholds the rule of law.

“We will never cut police funding. We will stand up for the law-abiding people in the community. In terms of public safety, our first priority is to protect the people, not to condone criminals,” he said.

Epoch Times Photos
Bill McSwain is next to the Ten Commandments plaque hanging on the Chester County Courthouse. In his speech, he mentioned that he served as the lead lawyer in the “Ten Commandments” case in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in which he defeated several people who wanted to remove plaques from the exterior walls of the court in 2003. Atheist groups. (Lily Sun/Epoch Times)

Maxwin also recognized the police officer Bill Cahill standing in the crowd.

“There is actually a hero among us,” he said, pointing to Cahill, who works at the Cotsville Police Department. About a week ago, Cahill was stabbed multiple times by a suspect during a police investigation.

As governor, Maxwin stated that his top priority is to strengthen the economy, reduce crime, promote school choice and pro-family policies, and ensure election security.

“We will make voting easy, but it is difficult to cheat,” Maxwin said. “Now, I know that election fraud exists because I did prosecute it during my tenure as a U.S. attorney and convicted the ballot election officials in Philadelphia.”

The former federal prosecutor added that he will put parents in front of the teachers’ union.

According to reports, Maxwin had asked President Trump to support him, but it is not clear whether or when he will receive support in the 2022 election.

Democratic Governor Tom Wolfe was re-elected in 2018, and due to time limits, he cannot be re-elected in 2022.

In a public statement issued on the same day that Maxwin announced his candidacy, Wolfe accused Pennsylvania Republicans of spreading election conspiracy theories.

“There were no irregularities, no conspiracies, and no fraud occurred,” Wolff said.

In addition to Maxwin, there are seven Republicans who raised their hands for the nomination of the Republican primary election: former Congressman Lou Barletta, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale, former Corey Mayor Jason Moon, American Conservative Party League Vice Chairman Charlie Grove, Pittsburgh lawyer Jason Rich, retired UPS security and public affairs director John Ventre, and cardiothoracic surgeon Nche Zama.

So far, no one in the Democrats has announced that they will run for governor, but state attorney general Josh Shapiro has expressed interest in running for the post.

May Lin contributed to this report.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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