Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord is running for governor.
In an e-mail to supporters Tuesday, McCord confirmed the open secret that he will compete for the Democratic nomination to contest Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's bid for a second term.
McCord then appeared at campaign kickoff events at the Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell and at an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers facility in Pittsburgh.
McCord, a former venture capitalist who was re-elected as treasurer last year, said he's running because he wants to invest in Pennsylvania families and provide opportunities for young people.
"That means reversing the devastating cuts he [Corbett] made to the K-12 system, making college more affordable, protecting seniors’ pensions, helping seniors stay in their homes longer, and prioritizing job creation," McCord said. "Tom Corbett has been a bad governor and I’m ready to get us back on track."
McCord is the eighth candidate to step forward, and he may not be the last.
Other Democrats in the race include U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former state revenue secretary Tom Wolf, former state environmental protection secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
"Rob McCord joins a crowded field looking to throw our commonwealth into reverse by pushing the same failed tax-and-spend agenda that left Pennsylvanians with a $4.2 billion budget deficit and double-digit unemployment," said Mike Barley, Corbett's campaign manager.
McCord, a resident of Montgomery County, is a graduate of Lower Merion High School.