Jay Paterno, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, faces a court challenge to his nomination petitions Monday in Harrisburg.
But Paterno, a former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach for 17 seasons, told the Erie Times-News and GoErie.com that he’s not concerned.
“I’m very confident in the process we used. And obviously, the lawyers have to figure that all out. But I feel that we’re going to be in this thing all the way to May 20 and hopefully after May 20,” he said, referring to the date of the spring primary.
Asked if he believes he has enough valid signatures on those petitions, Paterno said, “Yeah, I think so. I was involved. We didn’t use any outside groups to collect them. I oversaw it and it was family and volunteers and friends that did it. So I know the process that was used and I’m very comfortable with it,” he said.
Candidates for lieutenant governor must submit the signatures of at least 1,000 registered party voters, including a minimum of 100 from each of five different counties.
Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski, one of six Democrats on the ballot for the state’s No. 2 executive job, hired a lawyer to challenge Paterno’s petitions, according to the Associated Press.
– John Guerriero