State executive news headlines:
By Maresa Strano
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: Former U.S. Rep Mark Critz has announced that he is running for office as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
Current incumbent lt. governor Jim Cawley, a Republican, was first elected in 2010. He is eligible to run for re-election in 2014.
Before declaring his entry into the lieutenant governor race on August 15, 2013, Critz had seriously considered a bid to re-claim the seat, representing Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, from which he was narrowly ousted in last year's general election by Republican Keith Rothfus. In that election, Critz lost by a margin of 4 percentage points, while President Barack Obama lost the district vote by 17 percentage points. Thus many Democrats, viewing Critz as a casualty of sharing the ticket with Obama in 2012, were optimistic about Critz's, and the party's, odds of recapturing the seat in 2014.