Jay Paterno hasn't confirmed his plans, but Centre County and state Democratic officials said they've spoken to him about running in next year's election and expect him to make a decision in about a month.
During a speech Oct. 6 at the Centre County Democratic Dinner, state Treasurer Rob McCord encouraged Paterno, who was at the dinner, to run, The Patriot News of Harrisburg, Pa., reported.
"Jay is a smart, capable leader who really wants to help people," McCord said later through a campaign spokesman. "I believe he would win that congressional seat and make a great member of Congress. I'd love to see him get in that race."
Joe Paterno died in 2012.