Pennsylvania: Schwartz Officially Enters Race for Governor
Posted at 1:38 p.m. on April 8
Schwartz will run for governor in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa., has officially entered the race for governor, filing paperwork Monday to run against GOP Gov. Tom Corbett.
If Schwartz wins a contested Democratic primary and topples Corbett later in 2014, the five-term congresswoman would be the Keystone State’s first female governor.
“I’m running to be governor, not the ‘first woman’ governor,” Schwartz told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “But the fact that I am the only woman in the congressional delegation and in a senior policymaking role means people know I can beat the odds. I have brought a different perspective. … It does change the dynamic.”
(Which other members of Congress are running for another office or retiring in 2014? See Roll Call’s Casualty List.)
Her announcement leaves a wide-open race for her suburban Philadelphia House seat. Several Democrats are already running to succeed her in the 13th District.
(See also in Roll Call: Democrats Continue to Line Up for Schwartz Seat)
Schwartz’s aides told the Philadelphia Inquirer that she will transfer the $3.1 million in her House campaign account to her gubernatorial efforts.