2017 Allentown mayoral election

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2017 Allentown mayoral election

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Rep
Candidate Ed Pawlowski Nat Hyman
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 4,758 4,440
Percentage 39.37% 36.74%

Mayor before election

Ed Pawlowski
Democratic

Elected Mayor

Ed Pawlowski
Democratic

The 2017 mayoral election in Allentown, Pennsylvania was held on November 7, 2017, and resulted in the incumbent mayor Ed Pawlowski, a member of the Democratic Party, being re-elected to a fourth term over Republican Party candidate Nat Hyman.[1][2][3]

Background[edit]

Pawlowski had been mayor since 2006.[1]

Campaign[edit]

The Republican nominee was Nat Hyman, a jeweler and real estate developer.[4] Hyman was the first Republican candidate to make an Allentown mayoral election competitive in a decade.[1] Common Sense Independent Party candidate John Richard Ingram, also a real estate developer, and Solomon Tembo, the candidate of the King Solomon Tembo party, were also on the ballot.[4][5] Ray O'Connell, the president of the Allentown City Council, also ran as a write-in candidate.[4][5] O'Connell; Siobhan "Sam" Bennett, a bed and breakfast owner; Lehigh County Commissioner David Jones; Joshua Siegel; Charlie Thiel, a member of the Allentown school board; and Nathan Woodring also sought the Democratic Party nomination.[6][7] Luiz Garcia also sought the Republican nomination.[7]

No debates were held during the election; instead the candidates engaged in retail politics. Pawlowski worked to increase turnout among Allentown's Hispanic and Syrian populations.[8]

In July 2017 Pawlowski was the subject of a 54-count indictment that alleged that he conspired to provide municipal contracts in return for campaign contributions, dinners and tickets to sports events.[1]

Results[edit]

Democratic Party primary[9]
Ed Pawlowski – 1,702 (28.20%)
Ray O'Connell – 1,377 (22.82%)
Charles F. Thiel – 1,333 (22.09%)
Siobhan Bennett – 719 (11.91%)
David Jones – 575 (9.53%)
Joshua Siegel – 295 (4.89%)
Nathan L. Woodring – 34 (0.56%)
Republican Party primary[9]
Nat Hyman – 1,464 (68.32%)
Luiz Garcia – 679 (31.68%)
General election[9]
Ed Pawlowski (Democratic Party) – 4,758 (39.37%)
Nat Hyman (Republican Party) – 4,440 (36.74%)
John Richard Ingram (Common Sense Independent Party) – 489 (4.05%)
Solomon Tembo (King Solomon Tembo) – 200 (1.65%)
Write-in candidates – 2,199 (18.19%)

Aftermath[edit]

Pawlowski resigned in March 2018 following his conviction on corruption charges.[10] The City Council selected O'Connell to succeed Pawlowski later that month.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Opilo, Emily (November 8, 2017). "Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski wins fourth term despite charges". The Morning Call. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  2. ^ John-Hall, Annette (November 9, 2017). "Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, facing 54-count indictment, wins a fourth term". WHYY. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Indicted Pennsylvania mayor elected to fourth term". The Washington Times. November 7, 2017. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Bresswein, Kurt (November 8, 2017). "Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski re-elected despite indictment". The Express-Times. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Hogan, Alexandra (November 7, 2017). "5 candidates vying for Allentown mayor". 69 News. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Cassi, Sarah (May 17, 2017). "Allentown mayor's race: Pawlowski claims victory for Democratic nod". The Express-Times. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Opilo, Emily (May 17, 2017). "Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski survives primary challenge". The Morning Call. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Opilo, Emily; Radzievich, Nicole (November 5, 2017). "Part barnburner, part sleeper, Allentown mayoral race leaves the door open". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c "Lehigh County Election Results". Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski Officially Resigns Following Federal Corruption Conviction". NBC Philadelphia. March 8, 2018. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Opilo, Emily (March 29, 2018). "Ray O'Connell picked as Allentown mayor after 12 rounds of voting". The Morning Call. Retrieved December 19, 2018.