Pawlowski, Allentown mayor, enters Pa. governor’s race

    The two-term mayor of Allentown has jumped into the 2014 race for governor in Pennsylvania.

    Democrat Ed Pawlowski is formally announcing his decision Sunday.

    Pawlowski says he has seen the state’s problems firsthand as president of the Pennsylvania Municipal League.

    He says he’s added 80 police officers to the Allentown force during his tenure, reduced crime and reversed an $8 million budget deficit.

    In a statement, Pawlowski says Gov. Tom Corbett has struggled to work with fellow Republicans who control the legislature.

    More than a dozen Democratic hopefuls are expected to compete with him for the party nomination.

    Pawlowski is also running for a third term as mayor. He is a former community organizer and led the Lehigh Housing Development Corporation.

    He and his wife Lisa have two school-age children.

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