West Chester resident and Henderson High School graduate William McSwain, a top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia under former President Donald Trump, has announced that he will join a crowded field of Republicans and run for Governor of Pennsylvania, writes Marc Levy for NBC10.
His announcement was a long time coming. McSwain asked Trump for an endorsement in July and had previously told party figures he planned to run. This is the first time he is running for public office. After more than three years as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, McSwain went back to private law practice.
While announcing his candidacy on the steps of the Historic Chester County Courthouse in West Chester, McSwain told his supporters that his response to the pandemic would be significantly different than Gov. Tom Wolf’s.
“We will have no irrational and unscientific closings, and no heavy-handed state dictates on how Pennsylvanians live their lives,” he said. “We will get the government off of your back.”
During his time as U.S. Attorney, McSwain repeatedly battled Democrats in Philadelphia over law enforcement policy. This includes successfully going to court to fight plans for a medically supervised drug injection site.
Read more about William McSwain at NBC10.