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Braddock Mayor Fetterman In Running For Lieutenant Governor

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Keith Srakocic
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John Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock, Pa. addresses a crowd on the roof of his home in 2015 when he was running for U.S. Senate. He's now planning a run for liutenant governor of Pennsylvania in next year's election.

The longtime mayor of the small southwestern Pennsylvania town of Braddock has announced his bid for lieutenant governor.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published Nov. 14 at 11:06 a.m., and was updated at 3:55 p.m. 

 
John Fetterman on Tuesday became the latest Democrat to announce a challenge to sitting lieutenant governor, Mike Stack, in the party's primary.

Fetterman has garnered national media attention for his efforts to revive the struggling steel town, and last year ran for the democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. He garnered nearly 20 percent of the vote in his primary effort.

At Tuesday's announcement Fetterman said he plans to bring statewide attention to the issues he's championed as mayor of Braddock.

"It's pushing back against this enormous inequality that we have in this country and running on progressive issues that are important to all of us," said Fetterman, "whether that's a living wage, whether that's black lives matter, whether that's community policing, whether that's marijuana legalization, whether that's immigration."

He begins his run this week with stops across the state in Erie, Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

Also running are one-time congressional candidate Aryanna Berringer and Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone. Stack is a former Philadelphia state senator. He has little relationship with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who stripped Stack of police protection after receiving complaints about Stack's treatment of state employees. Stack plans to run for a second term.