City Councilwoman Darlene Harris has cleared the first bar for a potential mayoral bid: According to party officials, she has paid the $10,000 filing fee necessary to seek the Democratic Party's endorsement in the race.
Mayor Bill Peduto, the incumbent, also paid the $10,000 fee, but his other challenger, the Rev. John Welch, did not.
The sum was no small obstacle: Under the city's campaign-finance law, running for mayor requires creating a new campaign committee — and Ms. Harris could only transfer $5,000 from her existing council committee.
Asked on Tuesday whether she'd be able to come up with the $10,000 sum, Ms. Harris said, "I guess we'll find out."
She has not formally announced her campaign, and this week would say only that she was "seeking the party's endorsement."
Almost all the other Democrats who filed for the endorsement last week paid their fees by 5 p.m. today. (None paid as much as the mayoral candidates: Fee amounts were on a sliding scale based on the office sought.) Among the exceptions were District 9 County Councilman Bob Macey and District 12 County Councilman Jim Ellenbogen. Mr. Macey is not opposed for the party's nod, but Mr. Ellenbogen does have a rival, Bob Palmosina, who did file his fee and is now the sole Democrat eligible for the endorsement.