Scranton mayor to announce gubernatorial bid

The mayor of Scranton is set to officially kick off his campaign for Pennsylvania governor today.

Chris Doherty plans to officially launch the campaign at noon in Scranton. Doherty told the Times-Tribune that he wants to bring "the blueprint" of economic rebirth that has turned around Scranton and apply it to the rest of the state.

The Democrat is joining four other contenders in the spring primary for the open seat. (Under Pennsylvania law, Gov. Rendell cannot run for a third term.)

The other Democratic candidates are Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel, Philadelphia businessman Tom Knox, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and state Auditor General Jack Wagner.

At least two other candidates are vying for the Republican nomination: Attorney General Tom Corbett and U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach.

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