NEW: Dan Wolf Announces Campaign for Governor
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Dan Wolf, a successful businessman who used his training as a mechanic and pilot to help build Cape Air into a vibrant employee-owned company and then brought that entrepreneurial spirit to Beacon Hill, today announced his candidacy for Governor of Massachusetts.
“As a businessperson and an entrepreneur I know that government cannot solve all our problems,” Wolf, a two-term State Senator from Cape Cod, said in video released this morning on www.danwolf2014.com. “But it can and should help define a vision for our future, a vision of economic and social justice, and then make investments to ensure that every kid has a chance to reach her full potential.”
In 1988, Wolf helped found what would become Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines.
“Twenty-five years ago, as a young mechanic and pilot, a handful of people joined me to start an airline,” Wolf continued. “With one plane, six employees, and one route, we created Cape Air. Through hard work and a collaborative spirit, we grew. Today Cape Air is an employee-owned company with more than 1000 people, still headquartered in Massachusetts, serving communities around the world. That’s my American Dream. Bootstrap a company, create hundreds of good jobs, build a great life in Massachusetts, share that success with the people I work with, and support the communities we’re proud to serve.”
In his announcement, Wolf spoke of his vision for the Commonwealth and its people. “Our great wealth, our common wealth, has been concentrated in the hands of fewer people, literally at the expense of our middle class and working neighbors who built this country but have been forced to accept less and work more. That has to change, and that will change, when we reaffirm the values that made our nation the great hope of working people everywhere, when we rebuild our middle class, when we reinvest in our schools and infrastructure, and when we reconnect our policies with the values that we know in our hearts to be right for us all.”
Wolf graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After graduation, Dan earned his private pilot license at the Chatham Municipal Airport and then went back to school to be trained as airplane mechanic and commercial pilot. After over two decades building Cape Air into one of the largest independent regional airlines in the country, Wolf was elected to the State Senate in 2010 to represent the Cape and Islands – his first ever campaign for political office. Wolf is currently serving his second term. During his time in the senate, Wolf has been a leader on issues such as alternative energy and the environment, job creation, and social and economic justice.
“Together we can show that an economy is better when it grows from the middle out, not the top down, and that government helps build that kind of economy when we spend today’s dollars on tomorrow, rather than continuing to spend tomorrow’s dollars on today. That’s why I am running for Governor,” Wolf concluded.
He and his wife Heidi Schuetz have lived in the same house in Harwich for more than 23 years, raising three daughters who all graduated from Nauset Regional High School in Eastham.
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