HARRISBURG, Pa. — Editor's note: The above video is from May 2021.
Brian Sims is one of three candidates running for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor in the Democratic primary, joining Austin Davis and Jay Sosa.
The lieutenant governor is the state’s second-in-command who would take over if the Governor dies or resigns.
Josh Shapiro, the only candidate for governor in the Democratic primary, has endorsed Austin Davis, but it is Pennsylvania voters who will ultimately make that decision.
There are nine candidates running for governor and nine running for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary.
Sims has served in the Pennsylvania House since 2012, when he defeated a 28-year incumbent to become the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He represents the Center City portion of Philadelphia in the State House.
A former policy attorney who served as staff counsel for policy and planning at Philadelphia Bar Association, Sims graduated from Bloomsburg University (where he was captain of the 2000 football team that won an NCAA Division II national championship) and the Michigan State University College of Law.
Sims says his goals are strengthening and protecting public education, preserving services for seniors and other vulnerable Pennsylvanians, making affordable health care more available, expanding civil rights for all Pennsylvanians, preserving our environment while investing in alternative energy, creating jobs and cleaning up Harrisburg.