Allegheny County Council President and Squirrel Hill resident Rich Fitzgerald announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for County Executive this morning in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse, joining County Controller Mark Patrick Flaherty, who announced earlier this month .
Fitzgerald has already lined up a lot of endorsements, including Congressman Mike Doyle, who emceed the event and says Fitzgerald has shown tremendous ability to work with others to accomplish good things for the region.
Other support came from members of the the state house and senate, city and county councils, labor unions, and more than 50 Democratic precinct chairmen.
Fitzgerald says Western Pennsylvania will be the energy capital of the world and he, a mechanical engineer, will make jobs a priority, along with responsible development of resources like the Marcellus Shale.
Fitzgerald will resign from County Council in a matter of weeks. This will be his first county-wide candidacy.