McCord appears ready to enter Pa. governor's race

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's state treasurer, Rob McCord, appears ready to announce that he's officially entering a crowded Democratic field vying to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in next year's election.

McCord's campaign scheduled announcements Tuesday at Montgomery County Community College and an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers facility in Pittsburgh. A campaign spokesman wouldn't say what McCord will announce.

The field of Democrats vying to challenge Corbett is more than a half-dozen strong. The other candidates include U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Corbett is a conservative who keeps a low profile and is beset by sagging public approval ratings.

The Democratic Party primary is May 20. To get on the primary ballot, a candidate must gather 2,000 signatures of registered Democratic Party voters, including at least 100 from each of 10 counties.  

The deadline for filing nominating petitions is March 11.

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