Story of the Morrill
A consumer activist and political organizer hopes to be Pennsylvania’s next governor — and its first Green one. Michael Morrill of West Reading announced yesterday that he will run for the state’s top office in 2002 as the Green Party candidate, on a platform that includes tougher protections for the environment, an $11 per hour minimum wage, and an end to corporate welfare. Morrill’s candidacy may be a sign of the increasing popularity of Pennsylvania’s Green Party, which will field 30 candidates in local elections next month. Still, Morrill faces an uphill battle; the state has not elected a third-party governor in nearly 150 years.