Wozniak backs Critz for Lt Gov

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Last year, State Senator John Wozniak (D-Johnstown) said he was considering running for Lieutenant Governor. Now, he’s throwing his support behind another candidate.

Calling him a proven champion of the working men and women of western Pennsylvania, Wozniak today endorsed former Congressman Mark Critz in the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor.

“I have known Mark and worked with him on a number of important issues for western Pennsylvania,” said Sen. Wozniak. “He has always proved himself to be a dedicated public servant who always puts the welfare of his constituents first.”

Wozniak’s state senate district comprises Cambria County and Clinton County, as well as parts of Clearfield, Centre and Somerset Counties. Parts of his district overlapped the 12th Congressional District that Mark Critz represented from 2010 through 2013.

“I worked with Sen. Wozniak from my days as District Director for Congressman Murtha to my own time as a Congressman, and I always found him to be a great leader for our region,” Critz said. “Whether the issues were transportation, housing or energy, Sen. Wozniak got the job done for western Pennsylvania.”

Recent polling in the Lieutenant Governor race has Critz polling at 16%, which is only one point behind the frontrunner Jay Paterno, who has 17%. State Representative Brandon Neuman polls at 7%, State Senator Mike Stack at 6%, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski at 4% and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith at 2%.

Critz has also been endorsed by the following state legislators:

Richard Kasunic, PA Sen. 32nd district
Bryan Barbin, PA Rep. 71st district
Pete Daley, PA Rep. 49th district
Gary Haluska, PA Rep. 73rd district
Ted Harhai, PA Rep. 58th district
Jake Wheatley, PA Rep. 19th district

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger has been a contributing writer at Keystone Politics since 2011. Sternberger primarily covers campaigns and elections, drawing from his experience working on municipal, county, congressional, and statewide PA races doing field, communications, and campaign management. He is currently a law student. Email: jakes@keystonepolitics.com Twitter: @JakeSternberger
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