On Monday, September 9th, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski officially kicked off his run for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a rally in downtown Allentown across the street from the future entrance to the PPL Arena now under construction at 7th and Hamilton Streets.
“The failed leadership of the Corbett Administration has caused Pennsylvania’s economic recovery to lag behind the rest of the nation,” said Pawlowski. “State unemployment rates are above the national average and we now rank 46th in the nation – down from the top 5 in 2010 — in job growth. This is unacceptable. Pennsylvania needs new leadership. As Mayor of Allentown, the third largest City in the State of Pennsylvania, I have brought together the people and resources that prove we can move Pennsylvania forward to where it needs to be.”
The crowd of several hundred packed Hamilton Street and strained to hear Pawlowski above the noise of the construction across the street. “That’s ok,” joked Pawlowski. “That’s the sound of jobs back in downtown Allentown. That’s a good sound I don’t mind fighting with.”
Pawlowski was supported by local elected officials including State Representatives Mike Schlossberg and Dan McNeill, Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Allentown City Council Members Pete Schweyer, Cynthia Mota and Joe Davis, and representatives from local union and business organizations.
Pawlowski then boarded a rented RV wrapped with large “Pawlowski For Governor 2014” signs and headed to events in Harrisburg and then Philadelphia, the first day of a state-wide announcement tour that took him to 23 counties in nine days.
“As Pennsylvanians, we deserve better. I believe we can replicate the proven bipartisan formula that worked in Allentown on a statewide basis and can achieve the same or better results. This is why I’m running for Governor,” Pawlowski concluded.