Allyson Schwartz Nearly Certain To Face Corbett, insiders Say

English: Official congressional portrait of Co...

English: Official congressional portrait of Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is all but certain to run for governor next year, buoyed by a $3.1 million campaign fund and a recent poll that showed her leading Gov. Corbett in a test matchup, according to several people familiar with the Montgomery County Democrat’s thinking.

The five-term House member from Jenkintown has been positioning herself for a gubernatorial run for a couple of months.

As evidence of her increasing prominence, the Pennsylvania GOP, in its statement last week responding to President Obama’s State of the Union speech, asked: “When will Allyson Schwartz present a serious plan to control spending?”

“She’s making all the phone calls, taking all the meetings you would do to run for governor, but I don’t think she’s made her final decision,” said Montgomery County Democratic Chairman Marcel Groen. He has estimated the chance of Schwartz’s running at better than 80 percent.

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Scranton Mayor Enters Race For PA Governor

Ed Rendell has served his two terms as our governor so now it is someone else’s turn to lead Pennsylvania.  This list of those seeking to be elected to Pennsylvania’s highest office continues to grow.

Chris Doherty plans to kick off his campaign at noon today in the Electric City.  Scranton has been undergoing a renaissance of sorts during Doherty’s tenure as mayor with millions of dollars in redevelopment money pouring into the city.  One example would be an urban renewal project in center city known as 500 Lackawanna Avenue.

Scranton has also come into the national spotlight as the setting for the very popular NBC sitcom “The Office”.  Scranton has been trying to capitalize on being the home of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.  There is an Office Convention and fan tours are held in Scranton.

Along with Doherty, other democractic candidates include Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel, Philadelphia businessman John Knox, PA Auditor General Jack Wagner and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. 

Republican candidates include PA Attorney General Tom Corbett and US Representative Jim Gerlach from the PA 6th District.

If anybody from the Scranton area has any insight on Chris Doherty, a comment to educate those of us not from the Wyoming Valley would be appreciated.

The primary election will be spring 2010.

Another Democrat Throws Hat Into PA Governor Race

Dan Onorato has formally announced his bid for Governor of Pennsylvania.  He makes the fifth Democrat to enter the primary race.  Onorato is a 48 year old Allegheny County Executive who is running on the same platform as Ed Rendell did in 2002.  Onorato is the chief executive of a large metropolitan area (Allegheny County) of 1.2 million people and has streamlined local government and fueled economic growth.