A source close to Pittsburgh District Attorney Steve Zappala informs PoliticsPA that he will be running for the Democratic nomination for AG in 2016.
“Steve believes there is a crisis of confidence in the Attorney General’s office,” the source told PoliticsPA. “Zappala’s 18 years of experience and his record uniquely prepares him to restore people’s faith and trust in the office.”
Zappala has served as District Attorney in Allegheny County since 1998. His father, Stephen Zappala Sr., was a former Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Zappala Jr. graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and the Duquesne University School of Law.
The Allegheny County native is the only prospective candidate so far to hail from Western PA, which could give him an advantage.
Democratic prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer and Northampton County DA John Morganelli are also running for the Democratic nomination. Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro is expected to jump into the race as well.
Incumbent AG Kathleen Kane isn’t expected to run for re-election.