Former advisor to the city of Harrisburg Brenda Alton was conspicuously absent from the recent Harper Poll put out for the Pa. Lt. Governor race, something Alton took notice of immediately.
“I find this omission to be inappropriate, unfair, and undemocratic. All candidates should be treated equally and assumed viable until May 20. What the poll did discover was that 48% of the electorate was undecided, which isn’t surprising, because the one female and African American candidate in the race was ignored,” said Alton.
The poll revealed that former Penn State football assistant coach Jay Paterno led the group with 17%. Former Congressman Mark Critz came in close behind at 16%, and none of the other candidates were able to break into double digits. As Alton mentioned, nearly half of those surveyed were undecided. With such a large demographic answering as undecided, it is quite possible that Alton’s exclusion had a decent effect on the results of the poll.
“I joined this race to appeal to that 48% and to place people before politics,” Alton said.“Clearly politics are involved in the polling when every candidate isn’t given the opportunity to be represented to potential voters”.
Harper Polling declined to comment.
Along with Alton, Paterno and Critz, Lt. Governor candidates include State Rep. Brandon Neuman, State Senator Mike Stack, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith.