Primary Election

May 20, 2014

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Meet Jay Paterno!

Jay Paterno is a 2014 Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

Currently serving as the Executive Director of Nets4Nets a start-up non-profit working to eradicate Malaria in Africa, Jay is also a columnist for and is writing the book Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons From the Life and Death of My Father which will be published in the fall of 2014.

Paterno has been involved in both charitable organizations and politics. He serves on the Board of the Mount Nittany Conservancy and has served on the Board of The National MS Society Central Pennsylvania Chapter. He also chaired a fund-raising campaign for The Centre Youth Services Bureau.

In politics he worked on and served as a surrogate speaker for the 2008 and 2012 Obama Campaign. In 2010 he campaigned with Vice President Joe Biden and in 2011 attended The White House Community Leaders Forum.

Paterno has lectured at university classes in Psychology, Labor and Industrial Relations, Journalism, Communications, Strategy and Business. He’s also made speeches on Leadership and Team-Building for private industry groups.

In January of 2012 his closing speech at the Memorial Service for Joe Paterno was recognized by American Rhetoric as one of the most important American speeches of the 21st Century alongside speeches by President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Steve Jobs.

Paterno spent over two decades as an educator and college football coach, most notably seventeen seasons on the Penn State staff. In 2008 he was recognized by as one of the year’s best Offensive Coordinators and in 2011 was named the Big Ten’s Best Quarterbacks by recognizing his coaching of three All-Big 10 quarterbacks and two Big 10 MVPs.

In his nine seasons as Penn State Recruiting Coordinator Penn State ranked in the National Top 20 eight times, including 5 Top 10 Finishes and 2 National #1 rankings. During his recruiting travels he saw first-hand the educational inequality in this country which fueled his passion for the issue of public school education.

Jay is a graduate of Penn State. He and his wife Kelley have been married for over two decades and live with their five children in State College.


Sun Mar 23, 2014

Tavern Fundraiser

The Tavern
220 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801

Please Join Hosts

Mary Kay Hort, Gina Ikenberry, Dana Mitra, Kelley Paterno, Meg Small

For a Special Campaign Reception With

Jay Paterno Democrat For Lt. Governor

Sunday, March 23, 2014 2:30-4:30pm

The Tavern

220 E College Avenue State College, PA 16801

Suggested Contributions:

  • Guest: $50
  • Students: $20

For further information or to RSVP, please contact Ryan Deeter Email: Phone: 574-250-3024

March 12, 2014

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Jay Paterno in field of six Dems for lieutenant governor nomination


March 11, 2014

Jay Paterno is one of six candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in the primary election.

Paterno, of College Township and a son of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, filed his nominating petition Tuesday. It’s Paterno’s first foray into public office.

Paterno, 45, worked as an assistant for his father through 2011, and he was not kept on by new coach Bill O’Brien when he replaced Joe Paterno in 2012.

In addition to Jay Paterno, the Democratic field in the primary will consist of:

• Mark Critz, 52, of Johnstown. He served one term as a U.S. representative for Pennsylvania’s 12th District and part of another term. He won a special election in May 2010 to complete the last year of the term of John Murtha, who died in February of that year. Critz was then elected in November 2010 for the next full two-year term, then lost in 2012.

• Brad Koplinski, 44, of Harrisburg. He is a councilman in Pennsylvania’s capital city.

• Brandon Neuman, 32, of North Strabane Township, Washington County. He has been a state representative since 2011.

• Mark Smith, 35, of Athens, Bradford County. He is a county commissioner.

• Mike Stack, 50, of Philadelphia. He has been a state senator since 2001.

The current lieutenant governor, Republican Jim Cawley, will run unopposed in the primary.


March 12, 2014

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