Stack seeks Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor

State Sen. Michael J. Stack
State Sen. Michael J. Stack
Posted: October 18, 2013

State Sen. Michael J. Stack 3d, the Philadelphia Democrat who had been weighing a bid for governor, announced Wednesday his candidacy for lieutenant governor.

Although Republican Gov. Corbett has struggled in the polls and is seen as vulnerable, Stack, 50, would have faced daunting competition for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Stack now confronts a less formidable field for the right to challenge incumbent James Cawley, a Bucks County Republican.

U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, the Philadelphia Democratic Party chairman, will serve as honorary cochair of Stack's campaign. State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, another city Democrat, will also serve as honorary cochair.

In a statement, Stack said he would advocate stricter gun-control laws, including universal background checks and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Seeking credibility with Pennsylvania voters who strongly favor gun-ownership rights, Stack noted that he was a gun owner and highlighted his service as a captain in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Stack, a ward leader, was elected to the Senate in 2000 and represents parts of Northeast Philadelphia, Kensington, Bridesburg, and Port Richmond.

He is a grandson of Michael J. Stack, an Irish immigrant who served in the House of Representatives in the 1930s. His mother is Municipal Court Judge Felice Rowley Stack.


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