A former city councilwoman from Pittsburgh, Valerie McDonald Roberts, has announced her intention to challenge current Lieutenant Governor Knoll
in the Democratic primary. Roberts would like to broaden the role of the LG to more than chairing the state Senate, including using the podium to advocate for affordable health care and women's pay equity. However, Knoll is expected to be a shoo-in for state party endorsement. (For newcomers, PA has separate primaries for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, expecting the respective winners to learn to play nice after the fact.)
Over on the Republican side, the current contenders for the gubernatorial primary are being stacked up as opponents for Rendell
next fall. The party is unusually divided over which player offers the best prospects. The official party endorsement won't come until February, but regional groups are already taking their own stands. Some are hoping to avoid a contested primary, but if the current level of disagreement persists, it's hard to see how that could be arranged.