Jay Paterno is one of six candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in the primary election.
Paterno, of College Township and a son of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, filed his nominating petition Tuesday. It’s Paterno’s first foray into public office.
Paterno, 45, worked as an assistant for his father through 2011, and he was not kept on by new coach Bill O’Brien when he replaced Joe Paterno in 2012.
In addition to Jay Paterno, the Democratic field in the primary will consist of:• • Mark Critz, 52, of Johnstown. He served one term as a U.S. representative for Pennsylvania’s 12th District and part of another term. He won a special election in May 2010 to complete the last year of the term of John Murtha, who died in February of that year. Critz was then elected in November 2010 for the next full two-year term, then lost in 2012.
• Brad Koplinski, 44, of Harrisburg. He is a councilman in Pennsylvania’s capital city.
• Brandon Neuman, 32, of North Strabane Township, Washington County. He has been a state representative since 2011.
• Mark Smith, 35, of Athens, Bradford County. He is a county commissioner.
• Mike Stack, 50, of Philadelphia. He has been a state senator since 2001.
The current lieutenant governor, Republican Jim Cawley, will run unopposed in the primary.