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Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll

Long after Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll is out of office, she hopes Pennsylvanians will remember her for her commitment and dedication to public service.

“Whether it’s for our children, grandparents or anyone, for our people who need help,” she said Tuesday during a campaign stop in Hermitage. “And I think that’s how I would like you to think about Gov. (Ed) Rendell and myself because we have done our best to live up to the trust that all of you elected us to.”

For now, however, she would like voters to think of her as a candidate for the position she’s held since being elected along with Rendell in 2002. That’s what brought her to the Shenango Valley Center for Aging/Geriatric Health where several dozen supporters and public officials heard her stump for the upcoming campaign, as well as for Rendell’s.

“What we’re trying to do is to work for our children, our families and our seniors to make Pennsylvania the place that it should be, that we want it to be,” she said.

Ms. Knoll touched briefly on what she touted as some of the administration’s successes over the last 3èyears.

She said the administration has strived to make seniors feel safe and has expanded coverage under the state’s prescription drug plan.

A month ago, state lawmakers pushed through a property tax bill that was signed by Rendell that Ms. Knoll said was essentially 30 years in the making.

“It may not be exactly the bill you want, but it took 30 years and we got it through,” she said.

Ms. Knoll said that as gaming revenues begin to funnel in sometime in the future, tax relief should be even better, but cautioned she didn’t “know when it’s going to start.”

As lieutenant governor, Ms. Knoll presides over the state Senate and chairs both the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons and the Local Government Advisory Committee. She was also named by Rendell to chair the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council. She previously served two terms as state treasurer.

Ms. Knoll offered a bit of advice for those in the room who are running for office this fall.

“Just do what I do,” she said. “Go around to everywhere.”

That’s something Ms. Knoll, the first woman elected to the office, clearly knows about. She was in Clearfield County on Monday where she marched along a three-mile parade route and didn’t make it home until midnight. She was headed to Kennywood amusement park near Pittsburgh later Tuesday.

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