GOP field grows to 4 to run for Pa. lieutenant governor

A fourth Republican wants to run for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.

Joe Gale, a Montgomery County commissioner, announced Tuesday that he's running for the party's nomination, even though the 28-year-old won't meet the state's constitutional age threshold of 30 when the next lieutenant governor is sworn in in January 2019.

Gale couldn't serve until March 2019, when he turns 30.

Gale, who was elected commissioner in 2015, touted his record of defending conservative values in Montgomery County and beyond.

"In 2017, when Reading School District was looking to place Planned Parenthood guidance counselors in Reading High School, I was the only elected official at the county, state, or federal level to go to Berks County and join disenfranchised families and students in opposing this depraved plan," Gale said. "That effort made national news when the Democrat school board said 'NO' in a 5-4 vote."

Gale joins a field that includes Otto Voit, a Berks County businessman who ran for state treasurer in 2016, former state Rep. Gordon Denlinger of Lancaster County, and suburban Philadelphia real estate investor Jeffrey Bartos.

March 6 is the deadline for major party candidates to file paperwork for the May 15 primary ballot.

Five Democrats have lined up to contest the re-election bid of Lt. Gov. Mike Stack in the party's primary.

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