Democrats: Jay Paterno running for lieutenant governor

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, Jay Paterno, son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, speaks during a memorial service for Joe Paterno at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Paterno told party officials Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 that he will seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

February 20, 2014 11:13:21 AM PST
Jay Paterno, the son of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, is telling Democratic officials that he'll seek the party's nomination for lieutenant governor.

Two state Democratic Party officials, Roger Lund of the south-central party caucus and Harry Lawrence of the southeast party caucus, say Paterno called them Thursday and told them that he's circulating petitions to get on the May 20 primary ballot.

Party officials had expected Paterno might run for Congress, but Lund says Paterno told him that he believed he could serve Pennsylvania better by staying in the state.

The field of Democratic lieutenant governor candidates is big, but no candidate has Paterno's name recognition.

Lieutenant governor candidates run separate from gubernatorial candidates in the primary and together in the general election.