Brad Koplinski Announces Lieutenant Governor Bid

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Tomorrow at noon, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski will announce his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. Koplinski is the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor.

Koplinski was expected by many to run for Mayor of Harrisburg against Linda Thompson, but Koplinski has decided to set his sights higher.

According to his campaign press release (which was sent out at the beginning of the Super Bowl, presumably to compete for coverage), the platform of his campaign will be “to help Pennsylvania’s municipalities make their own decisions without being dictated to by the Governor and the State Legislature.”

Pennsylvania’s municipalities are in trouble. They are spending more money than they are taking in. Their infrastructures are crumbling. They are not allowed to generate their own revenue without asking for permission from the Governor and the Legislature. Having fought Governor Corbett in determining the best course for Harrisburg, I want to be able to continue that fight on behalf of all of our cities, towns and boroughs.

Koplinski has been a Harrisburg City Councilman for the last five years. Before serving on City Countil, Koplinski worked for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, as well as the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel.  Koplinski was also a Policy Analyst for the Department of the Auditor General.

Koplinski, an attorney, also has a plethora of political campaign management experience.  He was Statewide Political Director for Senator Arlen Specter’s 2010 U.S. Senate effort, Central Pennsylvania Political Director for Senator Hillary Clinton in her 2008 Presidential campaign, and Controller for the 2008 Obama-Biden Pennsylvania campaign.

According to Koplinski’s previous campaign website, his major achievements on Harrisburg City Council include serving as Chair of Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee, co-authoring the final 2011 city budget that saved firefighters’ jobs and prevented the closing of the 2nd Street Fire Station.

In his press release, Koplinski explained that the Lieutenant Governor is the head of the Local Government Advisory Committee, which has the ability to make fundamental change in the way the state works with its municipalities.

Koplinski said he “will work from day one to make sure that the Committee takes action to give municipalities the tools they need to give them autonomy so they are not under the thumb of the Governor and the Legislature.”

The announcement will take place in the East Wing Rotunda at the Pennsylvania State Capitol at Noon on Monday, February 4th.

Click here for Koplinski’s campaign website.

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger was a contributing writer at Keystone Politics from 2011 to 2014.
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