PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Former Auditor General Jack Wagner is reconsidering throwing his hat in the ring for Pittsburgh mayor, before the primary.
In a statement Saturday, Wagner said he is considering entering the race in the Democratic primary May 21.
“I’m presently in Israel experiencing the trip of a lifetime and learning how their government works,” Wagner said in the statement. “I have not totally assessed the situation in Pittsburgh but (will) in the coming days. I am now looking at running in the primary.”
Wagner had initially said he would not participate in the primary.
After Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Friday that he would not be seeking re-election, it was speculated that more candidates would consider joining the race.
Wagner, in addition to City Council President Darlene Harris, State Sen. Jim Ferlo and David Caliguiri were rumored to be likely candidates.
“I think there will be other people in the race,” Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Bill Peduto said Friday. “I anticipate a few other people will look at it very differently without an incumbent.”
City Controller Michael Lamb is currently the only other candidate running for mayor.