Not much surprising in the Democratic filings for governor. Six of the seven declared candidates had filed their nominating petitions by the deadline Tuesday. Lebanon County Commissioner Lo Ellen Litz didn't make the cut, however, as she failed to meet the stiff signature requirement _ 2,000 Democratic votes including at least 100 from each of ten counties. So, for those of you keeping score at home, the final field of half a dozen comprises U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, businessman Tom Wolf, former Auditor General Jack Wagner, state Treasurer Rob McCord and the two former state secretaries of environmental protection, John Hanger and Katie McGinty.
As we noted Monday, Gov. Tom Corbett faces at least nominal opposition for the GOP nomination in the form of Robert Guzzardi, a conservative activist who doesnt pretend he can win, but who plans to use his candidiacy as a pulpit from which to attack the incumbent's fiscal policies.
In a telephone interview, Ms. Litz said,, "I have no regrets. There is no plan B. I take full responsibility.''
Ms. Litz said she didn't know exactly how many signatures she had collected,and noted that the requirement for geographic distribution of the signatures was a particular hurdle.