New challenger for Wagner declares for GOP gubernatorial race

David Weissman
York Dispatch
Laura Ellsworth, a Pittsburgh lawyer, declared her candidacy for the GOP gubernatorial nomination on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (Photo courtesy of campaign)

The race to challenge incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf gained another entrant with the declared candidacy of a Pittsburgh lawyer running for the Republican nomination.

Laura Ellsworth, a partner at international law firm Jones Day, announced her candidacy for a 2018 run on Tuesday, Oct. 10, according to a news release on her campaign website.

"I’m running for Governor of Pennsylvania because I’m tired of politicians treating us like we are stupid," Ellsworth said in the release. "For too long, too many politicians like our governor have fallen in love with their own voices and confused process with actual progress. We’ve all heard enough talk – it’s time for action."

Ellsworth in now the third declared Republican gubernatorial candidate, joining local state Sen. Scott Wagner, of Spring Garden Township, and Paul Mango, a former health care consultant from Pittsburgh.

Like Mango, Ellsworth has never run for public office, although she's been a gubernatorial appointee to various posts and she's been prominent in helping steer Pittsburgh's civic institutions, according to The Associated Press.