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