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Posts tagged ‘Ed Pawlowski’
Posted: February 3rd, 2014
Ed Pawlowski/ETN file photo

Ed Pawlowski/ETN file photo

The crowded field for the Democratic nomination for governor just got a little less crowded.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski  said today that he is leaving the race and supporting Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

“It has been a good campaign and we have accomplished several of our key objectives, most importantly, drawing attention to the need for economic development and more jobs for Pennsylvanians,” Pawlowski said in a statement.

“But the truth is that it takes a lot of money to run for a state leadership position and raising that money takes a lot of time,” he said.

As mayor of the third largest city in the state, Pawlowski said he was “finding it difficult to run a city and spend the eight to 10 hours a day fundraising that is needed to run an effective campaign. Every time I sat down to make fundraising calls, another issue with the city would come up. My time and focus needs to be concentrated on the continued revitalization of Allentown.”

In supporting McCord, Pawlowski said he is confident that he will continue to push for family sustaining jobs and the type of economic development that will return Pennsylvania to a leadership position in economic development across the nation.

“Mayor Pawlowski and I share a common vision for the future of Pennsylvania,” McCord said in a statement. “We both believe in the power of education and economic development and the core need for safe neighborhoods. And we both know that, with appropriate innovation and investments, the best days of our commonwealth are ahead of us.”

McCord and six other Democrats remain in the fight for the party primary on May 20. The winner would oppose Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the Nov. 4 election.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: January 29th, 2014

Pennsylvania political analysts Terry Madonna and Michael Young have presented a case for a path to victory  in the 2014 state Democratic gubernatorial primary.

As many as eight Democrats could be on the May 20 ballot, with the winner advancing to face Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

Their full column, called “Politically Uncorrected,” can be found at

Madonna and Young list five key factors, including campaign cash, political geography, few issues separating the Democratic candidates, the risks of negative advertising, and gender. As many as three women could be on the ballot: Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz,  former state environmental protection Secretary Katie McGinty and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.

The other Democrats are:  former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord, former state environmental protection Secretary John Hanger, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Pentecostal minister Max Myers.

The analysts said any serious candidate will have to spend at least $5 million and the winner will spend $10 million or more. “Politics these days is many things — but one thing it is not, is cheap,” they wrote.

– John Guerriero


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Posted: January 24th, 2014
Ed Pawlowski/ETN file photo

Ed Pawlowski/ETN file photo

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will return to Erie on Saturday.

Pawlowski, one of eight Democratic candidates for governor, has made several campaign stops here and has wondered why more of the candidates aren’t doing the same.

Pawlowski will meet with Democratic committee members and the public at 11 a.m. at Erie County Democratic Party headquarters, 1305 State St.

Bill  Cole, Erie County Democratic Party chairman, estimated that Pawlowski has campaigned at least five times in Erie.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: December 16th, 2013

In the race for Pennsylvania governor, the endorsements continue to roll in.

State Treasurer Rob McCord, a Democrat, has been endorsed by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 143 and 126.

Local 143 represents nearly 500 active and retired members in the Harrisburg area, while Local 126 represents 2,300 active  and retired members in 36 counties, including Allegheny, Philadelphia, Armstrong, Clarion and Clearfield counties. McCord previously was endorsed by IBEW Local 5 in Pittsburgh.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, another Democrat, has been endorsed by IBEW Local 98, of the greater Philadelphia area.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has been endorsed by the Lehigh Valley Building Trades in his bid for governor. The trades council represents 20 local construction unions in Pawlowski’s home area, according to the online PoliticsPA.

On the Republican side, Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt.  Gov. Jim Cawley have been endorsed by the Pennsylvania Chamber of  Business and Industry’s bipartisan political action committee, ChamberPAC.

Those are just some of the latest endorsement announcements that have popped up in my e-mail inbox. Expect plenty more in the weeks and months ahead of the May 20 primary.

Eight Democrats are in the race for the right to opposed Corbett, who likely will not have a primary opponent.

– John Guerriero


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Posted: December 6th, 2013
Ed Pawlowski/ETN file photo

Ed Pawlowski/ETN file photo

Ed Pawlowski, who campaigned in Erie on Wednesday, said the Erie area is “critical” to winning the Democratic primary for governor.

Pawlowski, the Allentown mayor, made at least his second visit to Erie since announcing his candidacy.

Eight Democrats are now in the running, and Pawlowski said he figures that number will dwindle to six before the May 20 primary.

With so many candidates in the race, he thinks it will only take 28 percent of the Democratic vote to win, with the victor squaring off in November against Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, who’s seeking a second term.

How important is Erie?

“I think it’s critical, especially for the primary,” Pawlowski said.

He promised to return “many more times” over the next few months.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: November 15th, 2013

There’s a reason that Gov. Tom Corbett specifically targeted U.S.  Rep. Allyson Schwartz for criticism during his campaign visit to Erie this week.

It’s early in the campaign, but Schwartz is one of the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination and the right to oppose Corbett on Nov. 4, 2014.

Allyson Schwartz/AP file photo

Allyson Schwartz/AP file photo

Harper Polling, a firm founded by Brock McCleary, formerly with the National Republican Congressional Committee, put out a new poll showing Schwartz, of Montgomery County, D-13th Dist., with 22 percent of the vote. Rival Katie McGinty, former state environmental protection secretary, was closest with 15 percent.

State Treasurer Rob McCord had 12 percent; John Hanger, former state environmental protection secretary, had 7 percent; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski had 6 percent; and Tom Wolf, former Revenue Department secretary, had 5 percent.

Read the full poll here.

Two other candidates, May Myers, a former pastor from Mechanicsburg, and Jo Ellen Litz, a Lebanon County commissioner, were not included in the poll.

However, the poll of 649 Democrats likely to vote in the primary also showed that 34 percent weren’t sure who to pick, indicating the race is still wide open.

The poll was conducted Nov. 9-10.

– John Guerriero



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Posted: September 17th, 2013

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, a Democratic candidate for governor, has released a list of endorsements near his hometown and across Pennsylvania.

Ed Pawlowski/contributed photo

Ed Pawlowski/contributed photo

Erie City Controller Casimir Kwitowski is among those who are backing Pawlowski in the 2014 campaign.

Kwitowski introduced Pawlowski before he spoke Friday afternoon at Erie County Democratic Party headquarters.

Kwitowski is a three-term controller who is running for Erie City Council in the Nov. 5 election.

Pawlowski is completing his second term as mayor. He’s running for a third term Nov. 5 while also setting his sights on his party’s gubernatorial nomination in 2014.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: September 13th, 2013

Former  Gov. Ed Rendell cleared up any ambiguity about who he might be endorsing in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary: No one.

Ed Rendell/ETN file photo

Ed Rendell/ETN file photo

Rendell held a news conference and issued a news release to say he’s staying neutral.

Rendell said in a statement that speculation appeared to arise because he will be the co-chairman Monday of a fundraiser for Emily’s List, a national group dedicated to electing more women to political office.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, of Philadelphia, has been endorsed by Emily’s List and will speak at the event, Rendell said.

The money raised at the event does not go to the Schwartz campaign, but will be used to elect women candidates nationwide, he said.

Rendell said he has a high regard for Schwartz, as well as what he called the other five candidates in the race: Katie McGinty and John Hanger, former secretaries of the state Department of Environmental Protection; former state revenue secretary Tom  Wolf; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski; and state Treasurer Rob McCord.

McGinty, Hanger and Wolf all served in Rendell’s administration, and the former governor said that choosing one of them “would be like asking a father to pick his favorite of three children.”

Rendell said that McCord and Pawlowski – who brings his campaign to Erie today — also would make “good candidates and fine governors.”

Rendell didn’t mention at least two other candidates in the race, Max Myers and Jo Ellen Litz.

The winner will advance and face Gov. Tom Corbett in the November 2014 election.

– John Guerriero


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Posted: September 10th, 2013

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is touring Pennsylvania cities to announce his candidacy for governor in 2014.

Ed Pawlowski/contributed photo

Ed Pawlowski/contributed photo

His tour will take him to Erie on Friday, with details to be announced.

Pawlowski is one of at least seven Democrats who are seeking their party’s nomination and the right to oppose Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

Pawlowski announced his candidacy Sunday.

He has cited bipartisan cooperation, an improved economy and education funding as his top priorities.

He is finishing a second, four-year term as Allentown mayor. He is also president of the Pennsylvania Municipal League.

Allentown is the third most populous city in Pennsylvania, with Erie fourth.

– John  Guerriero

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Posted: June 19th, 2013

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is exploring the option of running for Pennsylvania governor in 2014.

He will be in Erie on Thursday night to attend the Erie County Democratic Party’s summer picnic at Shade’s Beach in Harborcreek, starting at 5 p.m. Bill Cole, the party’s chairman, said it’s possible that some other Democrats running for governor could attend as well.

Pawlowski, Cole and Erie City Controller Casimir Kwitowski are holding a $50 per person breakfast fundraiser Friday, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel in support of a political action committee, Citizens for Pennsylvania Progress.

Pawlowski founded the PAC to support progressive Democrats throughout the state, said Mike Fleck, the mayor’s political director.

Pawlowski is running this year for re-election as mayor, but appears assured of another term. He was unopposed on the Democratic ticket  in the primary, and won a Republican write-in nomination, Fleck said.

Pawlowski holds another distinction, as his Twitter account states: He’s the mayor of the third largest city in Pennsylvania.  That’s a distinction that once belonged to Erie, which is now No. 4.

– John Guerriero


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