Jay Paterno seeking office in Pa.

Updated: February 20, 2014, 1:14 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Former Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno is running for Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor post.

Paterno, son of former longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination Thursday on his campaign website. According to the site, Paterno runs a nonprofit organization to help fight malaria in Africa while still living in State College, Pa.

He coached tight ends and quarterbacks at Penn State from 1995 to 2011. He remained with the team after his father's dismissal as coach in November 2011 but was not retained by new coach Bill O'Brien.

According to an amended compliant in the lawsuit filed by Joe Paterno's family against the NCAA, Jay Paterno has continued to seek coaching opportunities.

Paterno worked for Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008 and 2012 and introduced Obama at a rally at Penn State before the Pennsylvania Democratic primary in 2008. Although Joe Paterno was a prominent Republican, Jay Paterno has been a vocal Democrat. He had been mentioned last fall as a potential U.S. Congressional candidate.

Paterno needs at least 1,000 signatures from registered voters to get on the ballot for lieutenant governor, including 100 from five different counties in the state. Pennsylvania's Democratic primary takes place May 20.

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