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Lt Gov: Koplinski Files 6,000 Signatures, At Least 1 From Each County

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Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski filed 6,016 petition signatures to get on the ballot for Lieutenant Governor, with at least one coming each county in Pennsylvania.

“I am excited about this outpouring of support from every county in the Commonwealth,” Koplinski said as he filed the signatures. Once again, our campaign has shown that we have an outstanding statewide structure that will carry us through Election Day. I can’t thank those that signed our petitions and especially those that circulated them enough.”

According to his campaign, Koplinski received over 100 signatures from the following counties: Adams, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Schuylkill, Tioga, and York.

To get on the ballot for Lt. Gov., a candidate has to accumulate at least 1,000 signatures, with at least 100 from each of 5 distinct counties.

While he may not be the highest petition-getter, he may be the only with one signature from each county.

So far, Senator Mike Stack is the quantity winner with 9,600 filed.

Stack and Koplinski are facing off against State Rep. Brandon Neuman, former PSU assistant football coach Jay Paterno, former Congressman Mark Critz, Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith and Harrisburg city advisor Brenda Alton.

6 Responses

  1. Anyone signing or carrying a petition for any candidate other than the one endorsed by Bob Brady would get the wrath of the chair. We’ll see what happens in the privacy of the voting booth. Brady can only control so much!!

  2. I can’t see that a candidate with broad appeal would need to pay people to gather signatures. Shouldn’t a strong candidate have enough genuine volunteers to ace the petition game? This isn’t yet about name recognition or voting; it’s about people going around their neighborhoods with petitions in hand. Very good for democracy, in my view.

  3. My point was that trying to get signatures in Philly doesn’t help Brad either way. For Philly, Brad’s best option is to get the newspaper endorsements and maybe some drive-time radio ads.
    Based upon the Lt Gov debate, Brad has an impressive background that fits well with this job. Given his qualifications, he stands a decent chance for Inky endorsement.

    I don’t know how much effort Philly machine is going to expend on Lt Gov compared to Gov fight.

  4. @ David Diano, when your candidate has to compete for the local vote with another local candidate from Dauphin County (Alton), you need to compete in other areas. Western PA has Critz, Neuman, and Smith. Philadelphia has Stack (and Bob Brady’s operation). Paterno will get some draw in the T. When you only have $16,418 cash on hand, you can’t buy an organization in Philly. The -ski last name will only really help in Luzerne County and he doesn’t seem to have an operation there either.

  5. KSJW-

    Ground game for Lt Gov?

    Except for Stack, the Lt. Gov candidates have very little money. The voters usually pick by the name of the county and if the name matches some familiar ethnic type they like. Union and other endorsements help a little as well.

    Probably biggest boost is if they get newspaper endorsements.

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