Mark Critz, a former Democratic congressman from Johnstown, officially filed the paperwork today to run for the nomination for Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor next year.
In a press release, Mr. Critz said he felt compelled to run because policies pushed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett have failed to create jobs and reduced funding for public education.
"We need leaders in Harrisburg who are committed to creating good paying jobs that grow the middle class and will fight to fully fund our schools so that every child has the skills they need to succeed," Mr. Critz said in the release.
Mr. Critz was an aide to the late U.S. Rep. John Murtha and won a special election to complete his term, serving another two-year term after that.
But redistricting after the 2010 census left his district combined with that of another Democrat, Jason Altmire.
Mr. Critz defeated Mr. Altmire in the primary last year then lost to Republican Keith Rothfus in the general election.
Brad Koplinske, a Harrisburg city councilman, previously announced he would run for lieutenant governor.