U.S. REP. Allyson Schwartz has not officially announced plans to run for governor in 2014.

But that hasn't stopped the rush of Democrats interested in grabbing her 13th District seat, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

One of them, former City Controller Jonathan Saidel, predicts that Schwartz's political plans will be made clear next week.

Saidel, who filed federal forms two weeks ago to run for her seat, said he signed on last week to serve as chairman of Schwartz's political-action committee for governor.

He's not ready to talk about his bid until Schwartz formally announces her plans.

She will have some well-funded competition. Tom Wolf, the state revenue secretary during Gov. Ed Rendell's second term, on Tuesday declared himself a candidate in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor and pledged to invest $10 million of his own cash in the race.

State Sen. Daylin Leach on Tuesday held a conference call with reporters to announce his candidacy to replace Schwartz.

Leach, who represents parts of Montgomery and Delaware counties, said Schwartz's public comments about her interest in the Democratic primary election for governor made him comfortable declaring for her seat.

"I think she's been very clear," Leach said. "Allyson Schwartz is a serious person. I don't think she talks about running for governor frivolously. I think she means it."

Schwartz has said she will not run for re-election to the House while making a gubernatorial bid.

Leach, a member of the state House for five years before winning a state Senate seat in 2008, said he will keep his state office while running for Congress. His current term runs through 2016.

Leach's pitch for Congress starts with a very personal story about his childhood, growing up fatherless in Northeast Philly and being put into foster care when his mother could no longer care for him and an elderly parent. Leach said good teachers and access to public libraries during tough times in his childhood "literally saved my life."

"So I'm running to make sure that everyone is included in the prosperity and wealth of America," Leach said. "The economy can't just work for a few people at the top while everyone continues to struggle more and more."

Leach said he has contacted potential primary rivals, including state Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast Philly and Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro.

Boyle on Tuesday said he had hired a political-consulting firm that includes a former political director and former finance director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. His announcement did not mention the Schwartz seat.

Shapiro on Tuesday said his Montgomery County job is keeping him quite busy.

"I am also, of course, mindful of the politics and appreciative of the many people who are encouraging me to look at other political options," Shapiro added.