Lt-Gov: Smith Receives Another Union Endorsement

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Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith received yet another union endorsement in his bid for lieutenant governor — and this one may be the most impressive one yet.

The Sheet Metal Workers Local 12, which represent over 1,800 sheet metal workers in and around the city of Pittsburgh, has officially supported Smith’s campaign.

“Mark Smith represents a new generation of leadership in our Commonwealth,” said Bob Greiner, Assistant Business Manager for the Local 12. “He’s progressive, energetic, and he’s not afraid to stand up and fight for Pennsylvania’s working families. Sheet Metal Workers Local 12 proudly endorses Mark’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor and we’re looking forward to working with him throughout the rest of his campaign and after.”

The location is what makes the endorsement an accomplishment for Smith. Although this is the 18th labor union to support the Bradford native’s campaign, it is the first union from Western Pennsylvania to do so. Most of his other endorsements have come from the NEPA area of the Commonwealth.

Moreover, this is big for Smith because the Local 12 decided to support him instead of his Democratic challengers Mark Critz and State Rep. Brandon Neuman — both of whom hail from the Pittsburgh area.

“I am proud to receive my 18th labor union endorsement for my campaign for Lieutenant Governor,” Smith said. “The Sheet Metal Workers in Pittsburgh are skilled craftsmen who work hard and deserve better representation in Harrisburg. I am humbled to receive their support.”

But Smith’s campaign is still in need of a bigger push than the Local 12 can give him. According to a Harper Poll that was released in late February, Smith only received 2% of the likely voters’ support.

That being said, that poll is almost a month and a half old at this point, and the candidate who received the most support, Jay Paterno, isn’t even in the race anymore. Furthermore, nearly half of those polled said that they were undecided.

Smith, besides facing off against Critz and Neuman, is challenged by Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski and State Senator Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) in the upcoming Democratic primary.

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