Former county Executive Dan Onorato is not running for mayor.
His name found a prominent place amid the cascade of speculation that followed Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's surprise announcement that he would not seek re-election. Some Ravenstahl associates identified Mr. Onorato as the unnamed potential candidate that the mayor referred to in his withdrawal statement last Friday. But the Highmark executive released a statement late Monday disavowing the idea.
"I am not a candidate for mayor of Pittsburgh,'' Mr. Onorato said in the statement. "I enjoy being part of the Highmark management team promoting affordable, quality health care.''