State Rep. Tom Killion, (R., Delaware) is exploring a run for lieutenant governor in 2010.
Killion, 52, a former small businessman, succeeded the late House Speaker Matthew J. Ryan in 2003.
In a press release, Killion . who has been involved in county and state politics since 1992, said he formed an exploratory committee after receiving positive feedback from GOP party leaders. He said if he decides to run in the coming weeks, Killion will advance a fiscal belt-tightening, pro-business platform.
“I believe strongly that we need to maintain fiscal responsibility on the state level while creating a better economic environment that allows businesses to grow, flourish, and create new jobs,” Killion said.
Other Republicans mentioned for the lieutenant governor's race, include Montgomery County Commissioners Jim Matthews and Bruce Castor, Philadelphia City Councilman Frank Rizzo Jr., state Rep. Mike Turzai of Allegheny County, Dauphin County Commissioner Nick DiFrancesco and York businessman Steve Johnson. On the Democratic side, the only name circulating is former Philadelphia controller Jonathan Saidel.
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