Jay Paterno has long hinted at his aspirations to seek political office. The son of the late Joe Paterno and former Penn State football coach was reported to be considering a run for Congress in October, but now it appears that he will declare his bid to run for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania as a Democrat.
VoteJayPaterno.com was unveiled (and subsequently crashed) Thursday and says that the former PSU quarterbacks coach can bring “visionary leadership” to the state capitol in Harrisburg.
“Paterno spent over two decades as an educator and coach and now serves as an executive director of a start-up non-profit charity. His experience includes a commitment to public service on boards of charities and a deep involvement in politics on the local and national level,” the website read. “As a married father of five Jay has a passion for the issues that face Pennsylvania’s working families today and the issues that face the children of our Commonwealth in the future. He will bring visionary leadership to Harrisburg to represent all the citizens of our commonwealth.”
The 45-year-old Paterno is no stranger to politics. In 2008, he worked as a speaker for the Obama campaign and he also assisted the Joe Biden campaign in 2012.
This is the first week that candidates can circulate petitions for nomination. Paterno will need 1,000 signatures from Pennsylvania voters from at least five different counties to appear on the ballot for the primary in May.
He was an assistant on his father’s staff from 1995-2011, but was not retained when Bill O’Brien was hired in 2012.
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