Stack wins 2nd spot on Democratic ticket

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HARRISBURG -- State Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia is the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania.

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley was unopposed for his nomination on the Republican side. Mr. Stack's victory Tuesday means he will be the running mate of millionaire businessman Tom Wolf, who has been chosen by voters to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the fall.

Mr. Stack easily defeated former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz of Johnstown, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski, state Rep. Brandon Neuman of Washington County and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith. With nearly 80 percent of the votes tallied, the Philadelphia senator had the support of nearly half of the Democratic voters, twice that of his closest competitor, Mr. Critz.

Like his new running mate, Mr. Stack had raised the most money in his contest -- more than $1 million. In that he had something of a head start, stocking his war chest at a time when he was considering a run for the top spot on the ticket before switching his sights to the lieutenant governor's competition.

He has deep roots in Philadelphia politics. The grandfather whose name he shares was a member of Congress during the Great Depression. Mr. Stack was elected to the state Senate in 2000, defeating a Republican incumbent in his third bid for the seat in Philadelphia's Northeast.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, a captain in the judge advocate general's office. In the Senate, he's been a proponent of raising the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour. With the support of former gubernatorial candidate John Hanger, he's also crafted a measure to decriminalize marijuana in the state.

The lieutenant governor's duties include presiding over the state Senate. Benefits include a three-story house with a swimming pool, a state vehicle and a salary of nearly $158,000.



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