Patti Weaver, a key organizer of the region’s Tea Party Movement, said she would decide by next week whether to seek the Republican nomination for county executive.
Ms. Weaver said she is “seriously considering’’ the race to succeed Dan Onorato. Although she has never sought public office, she maintained that her political and business backgrounds give her an extensive background for the post. Before emerging in the public eye at the fore of Tea Party demonstrations, Ms. Weaver earned a degree in economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. In recent years, the Fox Chapel woman has handled the business operations of her husband’s medical practice. The couple has four children ranging in age form ten to 20
Ms. Weaver said that if she did run, she would have to relinquish her extensive Tea Party role, and noted that that reality, “is one of the challenging things going forward.’’Like other Tea Party activists, Ms. Weaver has focused chiefly on federal issues, but she said the principles she’s argued for apply to county government as well. She said she is convinced that there are ample opportunities for savings in the county budget, arguing that privatization should be explored for of a variety of county services, notably the Port Authority, which is facing major cutbacks in the absence of a new state funding program.