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Rendell endorses Fetterman for lieutenant governor

| Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell
Nate Smallwood | Trib Total Media
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell

Former Gov. Ed Rendell has endorsed Braddock Mayor John Fetterman for lieutenant governor, Fetterman's campaign announced Monday.

In a news release, Rendell praised Fetterman, 48, for his progressive Democratic views and for his experience working to revitalize the 2,100-person town he leads.

“In addition to his commitment to Western Pennsylvania, Fetterman has spent time in areas across the state, giving him important knowledge of the makeup of Pennsylvania and the kinds of support Pennsylvanians are looking for,” Rendell said in the release. “Now more than ever, we need someone who understands the entire state and not just certain corners of it, and Fetterman is that very person. Fetterman is an idealist and a realist, with a proven record of turning his visions into reality. This is what Pennsylvania needs, and this is why I am supporting him to be our Lieutenant Governor.”

Fetterman faces five other Democrats in the crowded primary for the traditionally low-profile office, including incumbent Mike Stack.

Also in the race are Army veteran and former congressional candidate Aryanna Berringer of Murrysville, Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Montgomery County State Rep. Madeleine Dean and Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman.

Nominees for governor and lieutenant governor appear together on general election ballots in Pennsylvania but run separately in primaries.

Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-5676, wventeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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