Former Auditor General Jack Wagner is running a bare-bones campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor, but he appears to have surmounted the first hurdle on his long shot bid to carry his party's standard against Gov. Tom Corbett this fall.
Mr. Wagner was the second Democrat to file, after John Hanger, the former seceretary of environmental protection, whose lengthy platform includes a call to legalize and tax marijuana.
The deadline for petitions is the close of business Tuesday. For governor that means collecting 2,000 signatures from registered voters, including subsets of at least 100 from each of ten separate counties.
Mr. Wagner dropped by the endorsement meeting of the Allegheny County Democratic Party Sunday, and expressed optimism about his late-launching campaign. He acknowledged that he has yet to hire a campaign manager or press secretary but said that he's optimistic that his campaign logistics will fal into place soon.