While in Bloomfield, Tom had the opportunity to meet with the head of the Bloomfield Citizen's Council, Jane Cercone Scullion and he visited local businesses with County Executive Fitzgerald, who grew up in the neighborhood and Mayor Peduto, who represented Bloomfield on the City Council. Tom even got to try a pepperoni roll from Groceria Italiana.
When Tom stopped into Paddy Cake Bakery, Debbie Pekich Demchek, of Lawrenceville, recognized him and yelled out "You're the one I decided to vote for. I'm liking everything you're doing."
I'm Tom's mother, so it probably won't surprise you to learn that I'm very proud of my son and everything he's accomplished.
But there are a few things you should know about my son -- and his story really begins with how I came to know his father, Bill Wolf.
I first met Bill in 1942 at a bridge game in my hometown of Columbia in Lancaster County. Bill then graduated early and entered the service in World War II, and I honestly thought that was the last I'd hear from Bill Wolf -- but thankfully, I was wrong.
After the war ended, I got a phone call and there was a guy on the other end of the phone who said, "I don't know if you remember me, but this is Bill Wolf and I'd like to ask you out on a date."
When I endorse someone, I do my homework. It's never an easy decision, but deciding who to support for governor in the Democratic primary was especially difficult. I personally like and admire all the candidates, but it was my duty to choose between good, better and best.
When I started the process of picking a candidate to support for governor, I called some of my friends. One of the folks I talked with knew Tom Wolf from his time at the Department of Revenue and was familiar with his work in the city of York.
He called Tom a 'beacon of light' for York and praised his character and commitment to bettering his community.