Similar to the relationship of the Vice-President to the President of the United States, the primary responsibility of the Lieutenant Governor is to become Acting Governor should the elected Governor be unable to perform his or her duties. Otherwise, the Lieutenant Governor's constitutional duty is to preside over the State Senate, where he or she can vote only in the event of a tie. A member of the Executive branch, the Lieutenant Governor can be an important source of advice and assistance to the Governor in policy formation and administration, but each Lieutenant Governor's actual role depends upon the Governor.

Candidates

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Jeff Bartos (R)

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First-time candidate Jeff Bartos, a Lower Merion contracting and real-estate executive, has aligned his candidacy with that of gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner. A native of Reading, PA, Bartos is a graduate of Emory University (1994) and the University of Virginia Law School (1997). He has served on the board of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and as a leader in real-estate division of the Philadelphia-area Jewish Federation. Bartos and his wife, Sheryl, are the parents of two teenage daughters. 

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Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick (Green)

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Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, the chair of the PA Green Party’s Delaware County chapter, worked for 24 years as a laboratory technician in New Jersey before being laid off. She now works part-time as a pharmacy technician. A native of Philadelphia and a 1991 graduate of Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Bowser-Bostick lives with her husband in the Chester house they bought in 1989.

One big thing I've accomplished that voters should know about is... My analysis of scientific studies and research that overwhelmingly prove that climate change is human caused and that extraction and usage of all fossil fuels must be stopped by 2050 if we are to keep global temperature rise under 1.5 degrees Celsius and Earth a livable planet for humans like it is now.

If elected, one thing I'd work tirelessly to achieve is... bringing comprehensive, non-profit based & universal single payer health coverage to all PA residents, which includes high quality and better regulated mental health services. Must pass HB1688 & SB 1014.

If elected, one thing I'd never vote for is... Continued or expanded use of fossil fuels, pipelines for transport of NGL's or natural gas, fracking and nuclear power.

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John Fetterman (D)

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Braddock, PA, mayor John Fetterman, turned many political heads with his surprisingly strong showing (19% of the vote) in the 2016 U.S. Senatorial primary. Born in 1969, Fetterman grew up in York, PA, and moved to Braddock in 2001 to work for AmeriCorps. He was elected the Allegheny County borough’s mayor by a single vote four years later, and was re-elected in 2009 and 2013. Fetterman played football (and earned a BS in finance) at Albright College. He also holds an MA in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Fetterman and his wife, Giselle, have three young children.

One big thing I've accomplished that voters should know about is...During the last 12 years as mayor, I have worked to build Braddock back from the verge of extinction. I worked with young people and artists to transform creative spaces downtown, and turned abandoned properties into urban gardens. Because of this, the population of Braddock has stabilized for the first time in decades. What most gratifies me about this is, we broke the cycle of violence in our community that culminated with nearly 5 ½ years without the taking of a life. For a community like Braddock, that was unheard of before.
If elected, one thing I'd work tirelessly to achieve is...I want to be able to do more, not only for my community, but for my commonwealth. I’m running for Lieutenant Governor to be a champion for every community and person in this state, especially those that have been left out or left behind. I will bring to Harrisburg an understanding of what life is actually like in places like Allentown, Johnstown, Erie, and other forgotten cities across Pennsylvania. These places matter. They deserve to be believed in, and they deserve to be helped. I believe that things can get better, and that if a community that’s lost as much as Braddock can start to turn things around, then any community can – whether it’s West Philly, or Monessen, or Bethlehem.
If elected, one thing I'd never vote for is...Restricting a woman's choice. Reproductive rights and freedom is one of the most important parts of keeping families healthy, and giving working people, especially women, options and opportunities for a bright future. The fact that we are still arguing about birth control and the right to abortion in 2018 is absurd.
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Kathleen Smith (Libertarian)

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Kathleen Smith, 66, is the manager of the Libertarian Party’s Washington County chapter. She also manages Business and Professional Women of Canonsburg, PA, where she lives with her husband, Douglas Kent Smith. A former inventory manager at Borders Books, Smith attended Duquesne University, where she studied special education.

One big thing I've accomplished that voters should know about is... I’ve balanced my management career with activism, respecting those who serve others, and trying to emulate them. Since I advocate for small government, I try to limit the need for government by building strong communities. I’ve helped publish a civic newsletter, been an advocate of education reform for decades, and served two terms on my local school board. As a board member of several non-profits I teach business communication skills to women, give pre-teens a taste of family budgeting, and speak on family literacy. I’m the Treasurer of a scholarship foundation; and I even rappelled off of a 26-story high building in downtown Pittsburgh to raise funds for a local cancer support center.

If elected, one thing I'd work tirelessly to achieve is...To reduce the scope and cost of government, increase efficiency and improve “customer service”, and seek non-Government solutions to many current problems. To achieve this, I’d end the war on drugs, seek pardons for non-violent offenders, and shift resources to treatment. I’d focus on moving people out of poverty, instead of surviving it. Currently, services come from many Depts., but no one is accountable for clients reaching long-term independence. We should use more resources from within communities. Finally, our constitution requires “a thorough and efficient system of education”, but too often we are not meeting children’s needs. I’ll advocate more school choice and local innovation.

If elected, one thing I'd never vote for is...Any law that limits individual Constitutional rights; expands state government into areas better left to local government, the private economy, or individuals; or that favors certain sectors, areas, or businesses to the disadvantage of others. I would protect all rights, including free speech, religious practices, and the right to bear arms. I would further limit asset forfeiture and eminent domain. As a Libertarian, before asking how a program should work, or when it should start, or how much we should spend, the first question I would ask is, “Should government even be doing this?” Government should only do what the Constitution mandates, or what the private economy cannot do.

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