Ezra Nanes, director of business development for AccuWeather in State College and current hopeful for the Democratic nomination for Senator in the 34th Pennsylvania senatorial district, garnered 400 signatures within a 24 hour period after challenging his supporters to hit the 500 signatures needed to be on the ballot.
“We set our sights high and got over 400 signatures in the first 24 hours. We hit 500 by Wednesday evening. I’m thrilled to see such grassroots support. People are excited and I’m ready to get to work for them,” said Nanes.
Though Nanes and his team reached the necessary signatures to get on the ballot, supporters can continue to sign the petition until March 6. Nanes is currently the only declared Democrat.
“This campaign is about sending Republicans in Harrisburg a message: what they are doing is not working for working-class Pennsylvanians and we’re going to change that”, said Nanes.
Nanes’ platform is based around supporting public education, bringing jobs to the region that can support families, protecting the environment and investing in clean energy, improving access to healthcare in rural areas, and rebuilding infrastructure.
[State College, PA, November, 20, 2017]: Today Ezra Nanes announced his candidacy for the PA State Senate seat in the 34th district. Nanes, a Democrat, is Director of Business Development for AccuWeather in State College.
“As a leader within AccuWeather, it’s my responsibility to grow the business. I help some of the most recognizable names in television and digital media compete and succeed in a very challenging environment. I want to put those skills to work for this district. We need more family sustaining jobs so our good people and small towns can thrive. If elected, I promise the voters I will work every day to bring more and better jobs to the 34th district,” said Nanes.
“Fair funding for education is another issue I care about deeply because we cannot create good jobs without an educated workforce to fill them,” Nanes added. “The state legislature is not doing enough to meet its responsibility to fund our schools equitably.”
“Improving our educational and employment climate is the key to correcting other problems. I will have more to say about the issues as the campaign goes forward.”
The 34th PA Senate district covers all of Centre, Mifflin and Juniata counties and much of Huntingdon.
Nanes earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Penn State. He is 45, and lives in State College with his wife, Mieke, and their two children, Mila  and Raffa .