After months of flirting with a bid for Governor, State Senator Mike Stack (D-Phila) announced Thursday that he will instead run for Lieutenant Governor.
After representing Pa’s 5th district (Philadelphia) since 2001, Stack has seen an opening in the Democratic field for a candidate with a more pure liberal background.
“I decided to get in the race when I saw that the highest profile candidate currently running boasted an A rating from the NRA, a zero rating from pro-choice groups, a weak environmental record and even voted against critical Wall Street reforms in Congress after the great financial collapse of 2008,” Stack said, referring to former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz.
It has all the appearances of a major deal with Philadelphia Democrats. Stack’s biggest supporter, Congressman and Philly Dems Chairman Bob Brady, announced Thursday that he has endorsed Allyson Schwartz for Governor.
In a press release announcing his candidacy, Stack pushed his record on environmental laws, women’s access to healthcare, and ‘common sense’ gun laws.
He also announced that Brady and State Senator Shirley Kitchen will serve as his campaign Honorary co-chairs.
“At a time when women’s health care and sensible plans to address gun violence in our communities are under attack by Harrisburg Republicans and even some in our own party, we can count on Mike to be a strong and practical voice to defend our values,” said Kitchen.
Stack’s declared opponents in the race include Mark Critz, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski, Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith and Harrisburg city official Brenda Alton. Prospective candidates include PSEA official Mike Crossey, State Rep. Brandon Neuman, and State Rep. Margo Davidson.