HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – The first gubernatorial candidates to file petitions to get on the May 20 primary ballot are Democrat John Hanger and Republican Bob Guzzardi.
Major-party candidates who are seeking to compete for every office from state lawmaker to Congress to governor must turn in their nomination petitions by Tuesday.
Monday’s filings are from Hanger, a former state environmental protection secretary, and Guzzardi, a conservative activist and suburban Philadelphia businessman. Guzzardi hopes to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett, while Hanger is expected to compete with up to six other Democrats for the right to be the party’s standard-bearer in the fall general election.
Gubernatorial candidates must collect valid signatures from at least 2,000 voters, including 100 in each of 10 counties. Twenty-nine people also have filed to run for Congress, including 14 incumbents.
More than two dozen Allegheny County elected officials and Democratic Party leaders endorsed Tom Wolf for governor on Saturday afternoon.
Led by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Congressman Mike Doyle, legislators and council members embraced Wolf as their candidate.
Besides Wolf, six other candidates are running for the Democratic nomination for governor: Hanger, Jo Ellen Litz, Katie McGinty, Rob McCord, Allyson Schwartz and Jack Wagner.