Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

STATE/CITY [Derived Headline]

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Chester Co. official to run for lieutenant governor

Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone on Tuesday announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor, promising a better working relationship with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf than he has with the current second-in-command, Mike Stack.

Voters separately elect nominees for the state's top two executive-branch jobs. Mr. Wolf and Mr. Stack have a strained relationship that has culminated in the governor removing the lieutenant governor's security detail and scaling back staffing at his residence.

"The governor needs an accomplished elected official who knows how to work in a bipartisan manner to produce real results, to serve with him in Harrisburg," Ms. Cozzone said during her announcement outside the county courthouse in West Chester. "He, and our party, need a strong ticket in [2018] to ensure our success at the ballot box and to help advance the governor's agenda in the hearts and minds of Pennsylvanians."

Mr. Wolf did not comment on her announcement, but he has a history of working with Ms. Cozzone, including her July 2015 appointment to the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force.

Elected a Chester County commissioner in 2007, Ms. Cozzone of Exton is serving her third term. In 2014, she ran for the District 44 state Senate seat but lost to Republican incumbent John Rafferty.

Drug offender program showing promise

Pennsylvania prison officials say a pilot program designed to lower the re-arrest rate for nonviolent drug offenders is showing promise in its second year.

The Corrections Department said Tuesday the program known as SIP-HOPE is cutting recidivism by 13 percent, and participants are spending fewer days behind bars.

The program was developed with researchers at Drexel University and put in place at two halfway houses. …

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