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Bradford County Commissioner announces new role

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Bradford County's Commissioner came out with some big news Thursday as he announced his bid for lieutenant governor. The Twin Tier county isn't usually a producer of political figures, however, Mark Smith wants to change that. YNN's Katie Husband explains how he plans on bringing the county's work ethic and controversial policies to the table.

TOWANDA, Pa. -- "Today I take great pride in announcing I will seek the Democratic nomination for the office of lieutenant governor," said Mark Smith, Bradford County Commissioner.

Those are the confident words from Bradford County's Commissioner Mark Smith as he stood in front of dozens to announce his bid for the primary race. Bradford County usually isn't the center of political attention, but Smith wants the county's hard work to be noticed statewide.

"The work ethic that we learn here can be found in every corner of Pennsylvania and it is the same work ethic that I will bring to the campaign and to the office of lieutenant governor," said Smith.

Smith will be touring the state to spread his initiatives spanning from women's rights, job growth and continuing the development of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, something the county has been leading the state with.

"We need to make sure the DEP is funded to do the job correctly, it's something we've struggled with up here in the past and like I said, we need to be at the table when those decisions are made because these are the people that are dealing with it," said Smith.

Smith also wants Pennsylvania residents to understand his stance on gun control.

"I think with so much that has happened and the polls showing most people support universal background checks and if most people do support assault weapons bans, I think that's something we should do," said Smith.

Some of Smith's supporters were happy to hear he wants to tackle gun policy and environmental issues.

"I think the history of the gun should be traced as well as the history of the person who does the killing," said Virginia Shapiro, a Bradford County resident.

"I think it was well coming he should be looking to move ahead because he can move the state ahead, he's got a lot of talent," said John Borits, a Bradford County resident.

So far, Brad Koplinski from Harrisburg is his only democratic opponent. The primary will play out at the polls in May of 2014.

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