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Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski Brings Pa. Governor Campaign to Montco

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. credit: Brad Segall)

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. credit: Brad Segall)

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By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — The two-term mayor of Pennsylvania’s third largest city says the renaissance that’s taking place in his city is what he can bring to Harrisburg as the state’s next governor.

Allentown mayor Ed Pawlowski made a stop today on the courthouse steps in Montgomery County during a nine-day campaign tour.

He says Pennsylvania is moving in the wrong direction under Governor Tom Corbett — with roads and bridges crumbling, schools failing, no job growth, and gridlock in Harrisburg.

Pawlowski, a Democrat, says cuts to higher education are also having a negative impact.

“We’re having massive brain drain in this state,” he said.  “We’re losing our young folks because we don’t have jobs, we don’t have opportunities to keep them here, we’re not focused on building up our great institutions in areas of science, technology, engineering and math.”

He says a bipartisan effort brought Allentown back from the brink of bankruptcy with millions in development projects and four thousand new jobs.

There are now seven declared Democrats vying for the governor’s job.