Maria Donatucci, the widow of state Rep. Robert Donatucci, is thinking about running for his seat in a special election, according to his brother, city Register of Wills Ron Donatucci.
Robert Donatucci, 58, died in his sleep Nov. 8 of complications due to sleep apnea.
Ron Donatucci, leader of Southwest Philadelphia's 26th Ward, said his Democratic committee members want Maria Donatucci to run.
"At this stage, we're still grieving," said Donatucci, noting that the future of his brother's seat became a fast topic of political gossip.
"But in our business, within an hour after he died, the rumors started. Nothing's sacred."