Facing no Democratic opponent, Mayor Ed Pawlowski won both the Democratic and Republican nomination for Mayor and is already preparing for the November General Election. Pawlowski won the Republican nod by being a write-in candidate on the Republican ticket. “I’m honored to be nominated by so many Republicans,” said Pawlowski. “This just proves that the transformation of Allentown is a non-partisan issue, and that residents of both parties approve of the progress we are making.”
Current City Council President Julio Guridy, who received the most votes of any council candidate, and Council members Cynthia Mota, Ray O’Connell and Joe Davis were also victorious in the primary. Current Police Captain Daryl Hendricks, a newcomer to political office, won the other four-year council seat available. Davis won a two year council seat. Barring any independents announcing their candidacy, all of the victorious Democrats can now set their sights on winning the General Election in November, since there were no Republican challengers in the Primary.
“I’m really happy for Cynthia,” said Mayor Pawlowski. “To have gone through the health issues that she had in Venezuela and still win says a lot about the job she has done on City Council. The voters of Allentown recognize that Cynthia is an important member of City Council and deserved to be elected to a full term.”
Mota had gone to Venezuela to be with her brother who underwent a serious operation. She developed a case of shingles and was hospitalized, receiving several blood transfusions and operations during her stay. Immediately after one of the operations, Mota insisted on calling in to the City Council session where the vote was taken on the water lease concession. She remained on her cell phone for over four hours, until the vote was complete. “I think that proves her dedication to her community, and why she deserved to win the primary,” added Pawlowski.