Stack’s term in office, especially in the last year, has been marked by controversies and a public split with Governor Tom Wolf.
“It’s not a secret this year has been difficult for my family and me, but we’re emerging stronger and healthier,” Stack said during his announcement, according to the Inquirer.
Earlier this year, Wolf ordered the Inspector General to investigate complaints about verbal abuse by Stack and his wife against staff in the Lieutenant Governor’s mansion and State Police officers who were part of his protective detail.
Stack has publicly apologized for his and his wife’s actions against staff in an awkward press conference, and issued a statement after pressure from the press saying his wife entered a treatment facility for help coping with a mental health problem.
Wolf has not announced if he will release the report from the Inspector General, and has refused to comment directly on who he would want to win the Lieutenant Governor’s primary next year.
Congressman Bob Brady (D-Philadelphia), labor leaders, and community leaders attended the announcement.
Aryanna Berringer, and Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman have all entered the race to challenge Stack. State Representative Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) is also considering a run.