Bradford County Commissioner running for Lt. Governor

By Kelly McCarthy

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

Towanda, PA (WBNG Binghamton) A Bradford County Commissioner plans to run for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. Mark Smith announces his candidacy and his goal to steer the state in a new direction.

Democrat Mark Smith says he's focused on making changes to public education, transportation, and Marcellus shale policies.

His announcement to run for Lieutenant Governor is paired with criticism of the current governor's administration.

"I think there are certain things I will point out like I did here today that I think have been wrong. Education, transportation, Marcellus shale policy," Smith said. "All of those things that I think are lacking with this administration are certainly things I will be pointing out as we move forward."

Smith made his announcement today at The Weigh Station Cafe in downtown Towanda.

Smith says a consistent message in his campaign will be support for a stronger environmental policy used for natural gas drilling.

He says Bradford County has the most gas drilling wells in Pennsylvania.

Smith also believes in stronger gun laws, similar to those recently passed in New York State.

"With so much that has happened and the polls showing that most people support universal background checks and that most people do support assault weapons bans, I think it's something we should do," Smith said. "I think the people want to see that happen and taking the politics out of it I think it's the right thing to do."

Smith is a Bradford County native and was an industrial engineer before entering public service.

In 2008 Smith became the youngest Chairman of the Bradford County Board of Commissioners in the county's history at the age of 29.

As of now, the only other candidate on the ticket is Harrisburg City Councilman and Democrat Brad Koplinski.