We need an APB.

Not in the medical sense, where an APB is an abductor pollicis brevis, a thin hand muscle that helps the thumb work.

No. I'm thinking an all-points bulletin to find the race for governor.

Oh, there's stuff on social media. Some TV ads. But generally? Crickets.

Here's an example.

I was part of a panel last week, speaking with about 40 educators and administrators from every educational level throughout Pennsylvania.

During a 90-minute session focused on politics and policy, there was not one mention of the governor's race.

This after Gov. Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner spent the summer hammering each other over education policy and spending, including in TV ads.

If folks most affected by a campaign's issue of the moment aren't moved or engaged, how much interest can there be among average voters?

This is a low-profile race.

"It's certainly not attracting much attention," says Wilkes University pol-sci prof Tom Baldino, "I just don't hear many people talking about it."

For several reasons. President Trump is one. Political news is all Trump all the time. A handful of congressional contests eat up what localized attention there is. The Guv's consistent lead in polls gives an impression the race is over. And there's that single scheduled debate, representative of Wolf's "campaign."

Wolf's decision to do just one – Oct. 1 in Hershey, moderated by Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek – sure won't elevate the race. One debate is here and gone. Three debates, the norm in Pennsylvania governor races, command greater media coverage and offer voters more opportunity to measure candidates.

Why just one? Last week, Wolf told a Pittsburgh TV station, "The election is a five-month debate." And when a WTAE reporter asked if Wolf could spare a few hours for a few more debates, Wolf said, "Have you seen my schedule? I'm packed."

Wagner, in his familiar Wagnerian style, called Wolf "a gutless coward."

Couple things.

An election is what candidates make it. Wolf's made his tactical and uninspiring. A "Rose Garden" race without a rose garden. It belies his long-touted assertion he's a "different" kind of politician. He's doing exactly what a traditional pol does when leading in polls in a year expected to be benefit his party.

And it's unfair to voters.

Not that Wolf's not out there. His schedule last week included Altoona, to be honored as "Person of the Year" by the Blair-Bedford Labor Council; Pittsburgh for a National Governors Association gig; a ribbon-cutting in Montgomery County. Monday was a women's equality event at the Kimmel Center. Friday, he's expected at a Dem rally in Philly featuring former President Barack Obama.

So, Wolf's getting around the state with a mix of official and campaign gigs.

But he isn't in front of folks the way Wagner is: hundreds of events, a dozen town halls, four major policy announcements, all promoted and open to the public and press.

What's missing in this race is real engagement, issue discussion, and a sense of the importance of the office.

Whoever wins will be central to coming fights over Roe v. Wade and post-2020 census redistricting, not to mention battles over education spending and ever-present fiscal woes.

These issues touch every citizen. Those who serve or seek to serve should do all they can to promote awareness of what's at stake and where they stand. They should do so in campaigns. In person, preferably together. Which is more respectful to the electorate than ducking debates and cutting ribbons.

Too much in politics is self-protective. Such is Wolf's campaign.

His pollsters tell him the same things other pollsters see regarding Dem advantages this midterm election, and what it would take to unseat Wolf given Trump's approval ratings (38 percent in Gallup tracking and in the latest state poll).

Like this, from Franklin and Marshall College Poll methodologist Berwood Yost:

"In this cycle, in this state, it would take an identifiable personality and message, distinguishable from the president. … Mr. Wagner isn't that candidate right now."

Maybe he could be. If anyone can find this campaign.

And while you're at it? Look for the U.S. Senate race, too. Then maybe we all can use our APBs and give two thumbs up.