Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Mayor of Braddock, PA. since 2005, Fetterman intends to take his experience with revitalizing that post-industrial city with him on the campaign trail and to the Lt. Governor’s office. Drawing on his successful collaboration with discouraged working-class residents in western PA., Fetterman asked the Haverford Democrats at a the February 13th forum to “help me help Gov. Wolf win back the votes we lost in 2016,” adding, “I want to bring folks back into the party.” He thinks Trump “convinced forgotten communities he could fix the problems, so voters rolled the dice.” As Lt. Governor, Fetterman would spotlight the needs of Pennsylvania’s “forgotten cities” like Braddock and advocate for the economic and social initiatives that have advanced Braddock and won his re-election three times. As mayor, he has partnered with non-profits to renovate housing, develop a 2-acre urban farm for the Braddock Youth Project, and founded Braddock Redux, a community center that includes job fairs, free dental days, and help with preparing taxes.
Fetterman, age 48, was born in Reading, PA. and grew up in York. His parents started out poor but worked their way into the middle class. He has a B.A. from Albright College and, after working with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America and with Americorps, he earned an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Unsuccessful in his primary run for U.S. Senate in 2016, Fetterman defines his positions as solidly progressive. He recently won a 4th term as mayor of Braddock, where he lives with his wife and 3 children in a restored car dealership.