Earlier today, 30 mayors from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced their united support for State Treasurer Rob McCord in his campaign to become governor.
Even better for McCord, this endorsement will go down in history as the largest, most diverse group of municipal officials support a gubernatorial candidate at once, according to a release from his campaign.
“Today’s announcement is truly humbling and historic,” said McCord. “When such a diverse group of passionate mayors from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania come together in a primary election to support one candidate, you know something important is happening. And it is, because together we’re going to invest in our classrooms, stop the natural gas drillers from taking our natural resources for pennies on the dollar, and raise the minimum wage. But most importantly, we’re going to defeat and evict Tom Corbett.”
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current Mayor of Allentown Ed Pawlowski was one of the 30 who threw his weight behind McCord.
“No one in this race is standing up for working families like Rob McCord and no one in this race has had the courage to make the bold proposals that Rob McCord has,” said Pawlowski, also the acting Chair of Mayors for McCord. “Rob is hands down the only one who can beat Tom Corbett, and as the mayor of the third largest city in the commonwealth and the Chair of Mayors for McCord, it’s exciting to be part of this historic day and help Rob win the primary in May.”
Pawlowski dropped out of the Democratic primary race in early February due to the difficulties of running a city and a gubernatorial campaign at the same time. At that point, the Allentown mayor had announced his full support for McCord.
In addition to Mayors for McCord, the gubernatorial candidate has a wide range of endorsements to carry with him into the primary month. This includes six current and former state senators, 25 current and former state representatives, 27 of 67 Democratic county chairs, and roughly 455,000 current and retired union members. The unions include the Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity and the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association.
The list of mayors endorsing McCord is as follows, straight from the press release:
|Angela Adkins||Midland Borough||Beaver|
|John Antoline||Monaca Borough||Beaver|
|Kenneth Cecconi||Homer City Borough||Indiana|
|Dennis Clawson||Clymer Borough||Indiana|
|Adam Forgie||Turtle Creek||Allegheny|
|Tom Grady||Narberth Borough||Montgomery|
|Edward Hozza, Jr.||Whitehall Township||Lehigh|
|Anthony Mastrangelo||New Castle||Lawrence|
|Nancy Petritsch||Mahanoy City||Schuylkill|
|David Poling||Economy Borough||Beaver|
|George Quay III||Beaver Falls||Beaver|
|Thomas Reenock||Northampton Borough||Northampton|
|David Rhome||Canonsburg Borough||Washington|
|Tim Scott||Carlisle Borough||Cumberland|
|Rick Smith||Borough of New Brighton||Beaver|
|Vincent Tozzi||Yatesville Borough||Luzerne|
|Donald Wachter||Big Beaver Borough||Beaver|
Also in the running for the state governor Democratic primary are former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty.