A Harrisburg city councilman running for lieutenant governor has hired a lawyer to challenge the nominating petitions of fellow Democratic candidate Jay Paterno.
“There are genuine concerns about the validity of a good number of the signatures,” Councilman Brad Koplinski said.
Mr. Paterno, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, said in a statement he is confident in his petition signatures.
“I oversaw the petition gathering effort,” he said. “A member of my family, a volunteer or myself gathered each one of these signatures.”
Larry Otter, an attorney for Mr. Koplinski, said he plans, weather permitting, to file a challenge Monday in Commonwealth Court. Candidates for lieutenant governor must submit signatures from 1,000 registered voters of their party, including 100 signatures each from at least five counties.