A prospect for the next state House Speaker says his fellow Democrats need to focus on keeping their majority, before making plans for the coming session of the Legislature.
"What I don't want to do, is I don't want us to lead with what isn't right in the sequential order. The sequential order goes like this; win the majority, then we determine leadership," state Representative Woodrow Stanley was speaking on public television's "Off the Record."
Stanley says a lack of enthusiasm for Democratic candidate Virg Bernero indicated in recent polls could also make it more difficult for Democrats running for other positions.
"It creates some challenges because there is some leakage into some of our races," he says. "But I do believe the race will tighten. I do believe we'll retain the majority, a smaller majority, and quite frankly maybe a more manageable majority."
Stanley says he does think the Democrats will maintain control, though they'll lose some seats.
He is considered a Democratic front-runner for House Speaker, along with state Representative Richard Hammel.