Northeast Times endorses state Sen. Mike Stack for lieutenant governor

Pennsylvania’s lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor has few of­fi­cial du­ties - pres­id­ent of the Sen­ate, chair of the board of par­dons - though it can be an im­port­ant of­fice.

In gen­er­al, the gov­ernor can em­power his or her second-in-com­mand to take on pri­or­it­ies of the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Pennsylvania needs a strong lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor in case the gov­ernor is un­able to ful­fill the du­ties of the of­fice, for one reas­on or an­oth­er. Re­mem­ber, Mark Sch­weiker be­came gov­ernor when Tom Ridge was tapped to be­come the first sec­ret­ary of the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cur­ity fol­low­ing the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

Five men are run­ning for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor.

The North­east Times en­dorses state Sen. Mike Stack.

Stack is a law­yer from Somer­ton who was elec­ted to the Sen­ate in 2000. He has eas­ily been re-elec­ted three times.

In ad­di­tion, he is a mem­ber of the Pennsylvania Na­tion­al Guard, serving as a Judge Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al pro­sec­utor.

Two not­able is­sues that Stack has pro­moted in his time in the Sen­ate are in­creased fund­ing for high­er edu­ca­tion and cre­ation of a tax cred­it for busi­nesses that hire vet­er­ans.

If elec­ted, Stack would be a strong part­ner for the gov­ernor since he knows mem­bers of the Sen­ate so well. We could see him ef­fect­ively lob­by­ing both Demo­crat­ic and Re­pub­lic­an mem­bers of the Sen­ate and House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives.

If Pennsylvani­ans elect a Demo­crat­ic gov­ernor in Novem­ber, Stack would be well-po­si­tioned for the job of LG be­cause the Sen­ate and House will al­most cer­tainly re­main in GOP con­trol.

Stack gets a slight nod over former con­gress­man Mark Critz.

As the Demo­crat­ic Party con­tin­ues to drift left­ward, it is re­fresh­ing to see a can­did­ate such as Critz who does not toe the party line on abor­tion, guns and same-sex mar­riage.

The oth­er can­did­ates are state Rep. Brandon Neu­man, Har­ris­burg City Coun­cil­man Brad Kopl­in­ski and Brad­ford County Com­mis­sion­er Mark Smith. ••

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