Mark Smith, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, has recently picked up endorsements from three labor union locals in Northeastern PA: Wilkes-Barre IBEW Local 163, Williamsport IBEW Local 182, and Teamster Local 529.
In a press release sent out by Smith’s campaign today, the candidate expressed his pride in receiving this support, and also attacked the current governor.
“I am proud to be working with Local 163 and unions across Pennsylvania as we fight to make Tom Corbett a one-term Governor,” Smith said. “We need to get Pennsylvania moving again and the way to move our commonwealth forward is to get people back to work by investing in infrastructure, education, and economic development.
Given the low likelihood that candidates will raise much money for advertising, endorsements will be a key component of the Lieutenant Governor’s race. And while this support from the labor unions is a strong sign from Smith, it’s still important to note that they are all close to his geographic base.
Mark Smith, who entered the race in February, is a second term County Commissioner in Bradford County. When he was first elected in 2007, Smith was the youngest Commissioner in the County’s history.
Also in the race is former Rep. Mark Critz, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski, and Harrisburg city official Brenda Alton.