State Sen. John Wozniak, whose name has appeared on lists of likely lieutenant governor candidates, confirmed Tuesday that he will not run for the seat this year.
Wozniak, D-Cambria, said he likely will back his fellow Johnstown-area politician, former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, in the May primary for the Democratic lieutenant-gubernatorial candidacy. Critz has traveled the north, west and center of the state, seeking support as the only candidate west of the Susquehanna River.
"I'll give the other western Pa. guy a shot," Wozniak said Tuesday.
While online lists of possible candidates and recent news stories have included Wozniak as a potential candidate, the state senator said he wields more power through his current job than he would as the state's No. 2 executive.
"There was a flurry of activity, and somebody put my name out there," he said of the campaign rumors.
In May interviews, Wozniak tested the waters for a run but acknowledged that his and Critz's shared hometown could pose a problem.
In comments to the Mirror on Monday, Critz said he had discussed the campaign with Wozniak and confirmed that his fellow Cambria County resident wouldn't run in May.
Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor candidates are elected separately from governor candidates in party primaries but chosen on a shared party ticket in the November general election.
Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley received the Republican Party's endorsement for re-election this week.
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