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Congresswoman Schwartz Files Paperwork To Run For Pa. Governor

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(US Rep. Allyson Schwartz.  File photo)

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — US Rep. Allyson Schwartz says she’s officially in the race for governor of Pennsylvania.

Congresswoman Schwartz (D-Pa.) has been signaling her interest in running for governor for some time, and now she says she’s filed her campaign paperwork in Harrisburg.

Schwartz says the condition of Pennsylvania’s economy will be the major issue in the race.

“I hear from Pennsylvanians — really across the state, and I’ve travelled the state some — and I hear them saying, ‘These are wrong priorities -– cutting education, having no economic agenda.’ ”

But while Schwartz was eager to talk about Republican governor Tom Corbett and what she perceives are his shortcomings, she was less inclined to discuss the potentially crowded field in the Democratic primary that may be her first obstacle.

In addition to Schwartz, more than a half-dozen others are either in the Democratic race or are being discussed as possible challengers, including several other prospective candidates from southeastern Pennsylvania.

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