HARRISBURG - Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor Monday.
Koplinski's platform for the campaign will be to help Pennsylvania’s municipalities make their own decisions without being dictated by the governor and the state legislature.
"Pennsylvania’s municipalities are in trouble" Koplinksi said. The municipalities, he said are spending more money than they are taking in. And so, the infrastructures are "crumbling" because they are not allowed to generate their own revenue without asking for permission from the governor and the legislature.
Koplinski explained that because he has fought Governor Corbett in determining the best course for Harrisburg, that he wants to continue the fight on behalf of all PA cities, towns and boroughs.
The Lieutenant Governor is the head of the Local Government Advisory Committee, which has the ability to make fundamental change in the way the state works with its municipalities. Koplinski said he will work to make sure the committee takes action to give municipalities the tools they need to give them autonomy so they are not under the thumb of the governor and the legislature.
Koplinski has been a Harrisburg City Councilman for the last five years. He is also an attorney and has worked in some of the most important democratic campaigns in recent Pennsylvania history. Koplinski was Statewide Political Director for Senator Arlen Specter’s 2010 U.S. Senate effort, Central Pennsylvania Political Director for Senator Hillary Clinton in her 2008 Presidential campaign and Controller for the 2008 Obama-Biden Pennsylvania campaign.