Who’s who in the 2018 midterm elections: Candidates running for Lt. Governor

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 5:03 PM

John Fetterman, Democrat

A single vote made John Fetterman the mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, a small town on the brink of extinction until Fetterman took office. Twelve years later, dozens of businesses have returned to Braddock and, according to his campaign site, “the population has stabilized for the first time in decades.” Officiator of one of the first same-sex marriages in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth, Fetterman says he is running for lieutenant governor to help find solutions to problems like the ever-widening inequality gap, the opioid crisis, attacks on women’s reproductive rights and unavailability of affordable healthcare for many Pennsylvania residents. Fetterman is determined to save towns like Braddock that were left to their own devices as de-industrialization changed the employment landscape. “I will bring to Harrisburg an understanding of what life is actually like in places like Allentown, Johnstown, Erie and other forgotten cities across Pennsylvania,” he said. “They deserve to be believed in and they deserve to be helped.”

Jeff Bartos, Republican 

Owner of a contracting company and multiple real estate companies in the Philadelphia area, Jeff Bartos is an experienced businessman. Teamed up with Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner, Bartos’ mission is to “help make the staples of middle class life more affordable,” as stated on his campaign Facebook page. Bartos is committed to charitable community service, primarily regarding education and at-risk youth, and helps fight terrorism by supporting the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. 

Kathleen Smith, Libertarian

Pittsburgh native Kathleen Smith endorses Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Ken Krawchak and hopes to bring a fresh approach to limited government. Smith criticizes the budget reform plans presented by the current Pennsylvania legislators. The plan “still requires increases in taxes for years to come and assumes unrealistic returns on investments” according to Smith. 

She also states that the process for determining the budget needs serious reform. “Our legislator has passed a budget on time and fully funded two out of the past 15 years,” said Smith. A proponent of further developing the commonwealth’s economy, Smith has several ideas to help small businesses thrive, including removing barriers that start-ups experience, adding zoning for “non-intrusive home businesses,” and simplifying licensing and permitting.

Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, Green Party (not pictured)

Chair of the Green Party of Delaware County and at-large delegate on the steering committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania, Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick said, “I am enthusiastic about being a Green Party member because I am neither suicidal nor homicidal and the goals and values of the Green Party make it the most life-affirming political party I know of on the planet.”  Bowser-Bostick believes both the democratic and republican parties do not put the welfare of people and the planet above the quest for financial gain. 

The Green Party, according to Bowser-Bostick, is structured around grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice, and is therefore “a uniquely superior political party.” Some policies Bowser-Bostick would back as the lieutenant governor include tuition-free college education and transitioning the commonwealth’s economy to reliance on 100 percent clean and renewable energy.

Zeila Hobson can be reached at voices.spectator@gmail.com


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