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Industry Professionals Run for Public Office

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Mid-term elections are weeks away, and most recycling professionals running for office are vying for seats at the state and local levels.

A number of stakeholders in the waste and recycling industry are running for public office in the upcoming November elections. Most industry professionals are vying for seats at the state and local levels.

One of the higher profile candidates running for office is Scott Wagner, founder and owner of Penn Waste, who is running for governor of Pennsylvania. Wagner previously served on the state Senate from 2014 until June 2018, when he resigned after winning the Republican nomination for governor in May.

With the mid-term elections around the corner, Resource Recycling has taken a look at some recycling industry candidates who are running for public office.

Resource Recycling has more details:

Decades ago, Michael Patton was among the first activists to push for recycling in Tulsa, Okla.  A self-described “green gospel person,” he preached recycling and environmentalism to various groups and civic leaders.

It taught him that if you stick to a good message, while finding ways to make it fresh for different audiences, you can get movement.

“Those are all excellent training for politics – you really are selling ideas,” he said recently. The connection started coming into focus four weeks ago, when he formally declared his candidacy for a position on the Tulsa City Council.

Read the full article here.

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