As soon as the calendar flips past Labor Day, a lot of potential candidates are likely to announce that they are official candidates.
John Morganelli wants to be one of them. The Northampton County District Attorney sent an email to friends – obtained by PoliticsPA – asking for donations to boost his prospective bid for Lieutenant Governor.
“I am considering seeking the democratic nomination for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014,” he wrote. “I have not made a formal announcement, and my decision will be based upon whether I can raise the necessary funds to compete on a statewide basis.”
He boasted that he has around $260,000 on hand from previous campaigns, and directed supporters to his website.
Morganelli has served as DA since he was elected in 1991. He ran for Attorney General twice; in the Democratic primary in 2000 and as the party’s nominee in 2008 against Tom Corbett.
Several others have announced or floated bids for Lieutenant Governor.
Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski was the first to announced, followed by Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith and then Harrisburg city official Brenda Alton.
State Sens. Larry Farnese (D-Phila) and John Wozniak (D-Cambria), State Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks) have each floated a bid.
And many observers are watching former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz (D-Cambria).