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By John Guerriero, Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News staff bloggers
John Guerriero and Kevin Flowers have joined forces for Campaign ’14, a blog about the 2014 races for governor and U.S. House, among others. And you'll read about President Barack Obama, Congress and what's going on in Harrisburg. Check it out and you’ll be a lot more informed before voting in the May 21 primary and the Nov. 5 election.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: March 28th, 2014
Jay Paterno/ETN file photo

Jay Paterno/ETN file photo

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

 

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Posted: March 3rd, 2014
John Hanger/ETN file photo

John Hanger/ETN file photo

Tom Wolf is leading recent polls for the Democratic nomination for governor, but John Hanger scored a victory over the weekend.

Hanger, a former state environmental protection department secretary, received the most votes for governor in a straw poll following a debate hosted by Keystone Progress in Harrisburg. The liberal group hosted 800 progressive activists over the weekend at the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit.

“This is a very important victory. The more than 700 people attending the Progressive Summit represent the conscience of the Democratic Party and the heart of its activist community,” Hanger said in a statement.

Hanger had 31.5 percent of the vote. Here are the other results: state Treasurer Rob McCord, 24 percent; Wolf, the former state revenue department secretary, 22.8 percent; former state environmental protection department secretary Katie McGinty; Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, 9.4 percent; Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, 0.4 percent; former state auditor general Jack Wagner, 0.1 percent; none of the above, 0.7 percent.

A total of 267 votes were cast.

The winner of the May 20 primary will take on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the Nov. 4 election.

For lieutenant governor, on the Democratic side, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski got the most votes. He received 59.7 percent of the vote. Jay Paterno, son of the late football coach Joe Paterno, finished last in the straw poll, with 0.6 percent.

– John Guerriero

 

 

 

 

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Posted: July 25th, 2013

It’s political summer in Erie.

Politicians will attend today’s Erie Club picnic at Waldameer Park, and that includes a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014, Brad Koplinski, of Harrisburg.

Koplinski, 44, has been a member of Harrisburg City Council since his election in 2007. He won that seat by four votes – again proving the importance of voters actually getting out and voting.

According to information provided by Koplinski’s camp, he advocates for transparency in government and protection of taxpayer funds.

He previously worked at the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the IRS’ Office of Chief Counsel, both in Washington, D.C.

Besides the Erie Club picnic, Koplinski is meeting with local government officials in Erie and surrounding counties to talk about how the state can be a better partner with municipalities and school districts. Those meetings started Wednesday and will run through Friday.

He also met business, labor and Democratic leaders from the region at the Colony Pub on Wednesday.

He announced his candidacy in February and has visited 48 of the state’s 67 counties. This marks his second trip to Erie this summer.  

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