Philadelphia state Senator Anthony Williams is officially running for governor.
Philadelphia state Senator Anthony Williams is officially running for governor.[audio:100222SDDEMS.mp3]
A week after Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty dropped out of the Democratic primary, Williams says he’s officially a candidate.
The longtime state senator says he’s raised nearly two million dollars, and says he’s aiming for a four million dollar war chest, so he can run advertisements in the more expensive Philadelphia and Pittsburgh television markets.
Williams says he’s not worried about his late entry.
Williams: Based upon the current situation, there’s about — 72 percent of the folks in Pennsylvania don’t even know there’s a gubernatorial race. I’m very comfortable if I’m on television they’ll at least notice there’s another guy running.
Williams’ announcement brings the Democratic field back to four candidates.
He says he’ll push an economic platform, suggesting a program where the state would subsidize salaries of new employees in high-tech fields, in order to expand Pennsylvania’s science and manufacturing industry.