The Allegheny County Democratic Committee will be getting together this Sunday to vote for their recommendations for the May 20 primary.
All in all, it figures to be one of their quieter meetings, with relatiively few contested races. There are only three contested legislative seats on the ballot, along with two congressional races. For the most part, the committee's more closely watched meetings come in odd-numbered years, when they endorse judicial candidates, the only offices for which the party imprimatur seems to mean much.
Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, faces a repeat challenge from Janis C. Brooks, of North Versaillies, a candidate he easily defeated in the endorsement and primary two years ago for the 14th Congressional District. In the 12th Congressional District, the seat held by Republican Keith Rothfus, Erin McClelland faces John Hugya.
Mark Brentley Sr, a Pittsburgh school board member, is challenging Rep. Jake Wheatley in the 19th legislative district, a seat that includes many central city neighborhoods. Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, faces Tom Michelow in the 20th District, which covers much of the North Side along with several adjoining suburbs.
Perhaps the most closely watched competition of the day involves a redistricrting-induced battle between two incumbents, Reps. Harry Readshaw and Erin Molchany in the reshaped 36th District, which is dominated by city and suburban neighborhoods south of the rivers.
The meeting, at the IBEW Hall on the South Side, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.