State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, says he's decided to remain as a candidate for mayor in the Democratic primary. "I'm full go,'' the lawmaker said Monday, two days before the last day for candidates to withdraw from the race without a court order.
While Mr. Wheatley had filed his nominating petitions for the May 21 primary he had said previously that he was giving himself until March 27, the withdrawal deadline, to decided on whether to press on. He was one of several candidates who made last minute entries into a primary race scrambled by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's decision not to seek re-election. While all candidates have until Wednesday to withdraw, none of the other Democrats had indicated any hesitation about going forward.
At this point, the Democratic race looks like it will remain a six-person contest -- city Council President Darlene Harris; city Controller Michael Lamb; city Councilman Bill Peduto; A.J. Richardson, a community activist; former state Auditor General Jack Wagner; and Mr. Wheatley.