Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz launched her bid for Pennsylvania governor on Monday, hoping to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014.
Schwartz, who is in her fifth term in the U.S. House, is the fourth Democrat to declare for next year’s governor’s race. A Quinnipiac Poll taken in March showed Corbett was rated unfavorably by 44% of Pennsylvania voters, compared with 39% who gave him good marks.
If she wins the general election, Schwartz would be the first woman governor of Pennsylvania. Schwartz intends to file her paperwork for the governor’s race Monday, and transfer $3 million from her congressional campaign account.
“I’m running to be governor, not the ‘first woman’ governor,” Schwartz told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “But the fact that I am the only woman in the congressional delegation and in a senior policymaking role, means people know I can beat the odds.”
The Pennsylvania governor’s race is likely to be one of the most watched in 2014, in part because of the state’s size and because of trends for the nation.
Schwartz was first elected to Congress in 2004 from a suburban Philadelphia district, after serving in the state Senate. She has played a key role in recent years in recruiting and electing House Democrats, serving as finance chairwoman of the party’s campaign committee.