The Allegheny County Democratic Committee will be endorsing a candidate in Chelsa Wagner's former 22nd House District after all.
The district was supposed to be moved out of the South Hills and sent to Lehigh County in the proposed state reapportionment, but when the Supreme Court rejected the plan it put the seat back in play -- the court said the decade-old district lines must stay in place until a new map is approved. (It's one of many confusing scenarios brought up by the court decision, including whether or not the state will even hold its scheduled primary April 24. Wagner of course is now county controller.)
The committee initially decided not to tap a candidate when it holds its endorsement meeting this Sunday. That led Pete Wagner, the19th Ward Democratic chairman and Chelsa's father, to file suit Monday along with Baldwin's John Palmiere seeking to force the committee to pick one.
Today the committee decided it will endorse after all, but did not yet have a list of candidates. (They supposedly include Brookline's Rob Frank, Mt. Washington's Erin Molchany, Baldwin's Marty Schmotzer and perhaps others, though it's possible they won't all seek the committee nod. And let's not even get into special election scenarios.)
The committee is endorsing Sunday in three other contests affected by the state decision: the 45th District Senate seat (which was supposed to be shifted east), and the 45th and 46th District House seats (which were supposed to be combined).
City Democratic chair/former Ravenstahl aide Ed Gainey is going ahead with his challenge of incumbent Joe Preston in the 24th District race, even though the new lines arguably were more to his advantage. The other major fight will be between Democrats Jason Altmire and Mark Critz.