State senator from Phila. first to file nominating petitions

Posted: March 08, 2014

HARRISBURG - State Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia on Thursday became the first in a crowded field vying for the Democratic nomination in the governor's or the lieutenant governor's race to file nominating petitions.

Stack, who is among seven announced candidates running to be the state's second-in-command, collected 4,028 signatures - more than the 1,000 required - to earn a spot on the May primary ballot.

The Philadelphia senator, who started the year with roughly $400,000 in his campaign coffers, said he planned to deliver an additional 4,000 signatures by Tuesday's deadline to file nominating petitions.

"We want to show people how serious we are and how committed we are as a campaign team," Stack said Thursday just before he dropped off his petitions.

Stack is jockeying with six others to snag the Democratic nomination: Jay Paterno, son of the late Pennsylvania State University football coach; former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz; Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski; Brenda Alton, a top aide to former Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson; State Rep. Brandon Neuman of Washington County; and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith.

On the Republican side is the incumbent, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley of Bucks County, who is running alongside Gov. Corbett. The Corbett-Cawley campaign has not yet filed its petitions.

At least seven Democrats are vying for their party's nomination to run against Corbett.



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