Jay Paterno's nominating petitions for lieutenant governor's post challenged

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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.

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