Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski joined the stampede of Democrats running for Pennsylvania governor Sunday via an announcement on the left-leaning national cable network MSNBC.
He touted economic-development progress during his two terms as mayor of the state's third-largest city and a reduction in crime as qualifications, asserting that Gov. Corbett, a Republican, had damaged the state with ineffective leadership.
"I have the best story to tell" among the Democratic challengers, Pawlowski said in a brief interview with The Inquirer. "I am the only executive in this race, the only one who has run a government."
He noted that at least four of the announced candidates for governor so far had never even run for office. Pawlowski said in a news release he would formally kick off his candidacy Monday with a rally at Seventh and Hamilton Streets in Allentown, where the PPL Arena is under construction. It is intended as the home of the American Hockey League's Phantoms, minor league affiliate of the Flyers.