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Temple hosting first Guv forum

The first forum with candidates for PA governor is Saturday at Temple.

Temple hosting first Guv forum

Can't wait to get a look-see at Democratic candidates lined up to oppose Gov. Corbett next year?

Well head out to Temple's Performing Arts Center (1837 N. Broad) on Saturday where five of the eight announced contenders are scheduled to offer thoughts on jobs, education, health-care and more.

The event is billed as a forum on impacting Philadelphia working families.

It's not a debate. That means no back and forth, but at least the chance to listen to who says what about how they'd lead the state.

Gov. Corbett was invited, too. Sponsors say he's unable to attend.

Confirmed participants are Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, former state Environmental Protection secretaries John Hanger and Katie McGinty and former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf.

The forum is set from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Unclear whether the three other Democrats running -- Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, Cumberland County minister Max Myers -- were invited or not.

The event is sponsored by a bunch of unions and local community groups including AFSCME, Action United and SEIU.

It's the first of what's likely to be many, many such encounters before the PA Democratic primary in May and the start of a long process to sort out who Democratic voters will choose to represent their party against Corbett next November.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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