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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, May 14, 2014:
Pennsylvania is one of only seven states that selects its candidates for Lieutenant Governor in primary elections. The candidates then in essence become the running mate with their party's gubernatorial candidate.
The race for governor gets most of the attention. In fact, unless there's a controversy, candidates for Lieutenant Governor traditionally have gotten very little notice in Pennsylvania.
It's unfortunate because it is an important office. Twice in the last 25 years, a Lieutenant Governor has become governor during his term. Mark Singel became acting governor when Gov. Robert Casey underwent a double organ transplant in 1992 and Mark Schweicker was sworn in as governor after Gov.Tom Ridge resigned to head up the Office of Homeland Security in 2001.
The Lieutenant Governor also acts as the President of the State Senate, as head of the Chair of the Board of Pardons and serves on the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Commission..
Often though, voters don't know much about the candidates.
That's why Smart Talk will host a radio forum of all five Democrats running for Lieutenant Governor on Wednesday's program.
Mark Critz, Brad Koplinski, Brandon Neuman, Mark Smith, and Mike Stack appear on the program.
The winner of Tuesday's primary will be on the Democratic ticket with the candidate Democrats choose for governor.
Candidates for PA Lieutenant Governor:
Mark Critz served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania 12th district, located in the western part of the state, from 2010-2013. Before his tenure in the U.S. House, he worked as a Director of Economic Development (for more than 10 years) and as the District Director in his district.
Brad Koplinski has been a Harrisburg City Councilman since 2007. Previously, he worked in Washington, D.C. in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, as well as for the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Chief Counsel.
Brad Neuman is currently serving his second term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 48th district in Washington County. Before entering the House in 2011, Neuman worked as a trial attorney for a personal injury law firm in Pittsburgh.
Mark Smith has been a Bradford County Commissioner since 2008. Bradford County is currently the number one county for Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania. Before entering politics, Smith was an industrial design engineer.
Mike Stack (III) is a State Senator from the Pennsylvania 5th district in northeast Philadelphia. He began his political career as a staff attorney and Deputy Director in Governor Robert Casey’s administration, before becoming elected to the state senate in 2000.
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