Dec 1, 2014

Allentown's City Council Vacancy

The list to fill Peter Schweyer's vacant City Council seat just became more interesting. Former Police Chief Roger MacLean threw his hat in the ring, by switching parties from Republican to Democrat, as reported by The Morning Call. Although Council will probably choose Pawlowski favorite Jeff Glazier, MacLean's switch makes the next mayoral race more interesting. It is a given that any successful office seeker in Allentown must campaign under the Democrat badge. MacLean's willingness to adapt to that reality makes him a serious contender for future mayor. The same switching tactic was recently employed by Charlie Thiel, another mayoral contender.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mike,

Although being a Democrat is a prerequisite anyone seeking this council seat must first make it clear their first duty is to bear firm allegiance to Ed.

Scott Armstrong

michael molovinsky said...

scott@7:34, although that requirement would be fulfilled by glazier, i know that maclean would not sign that line. although julio rules the roost by directing mota's vote, he must realize by now that he will not be the next mayor, despite years of dutiful allegiance to pawlowski. i'm interpreting maclean's submission as an early mayoral announcement.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I had heard Glazier had this in the bag, so I never understood why Maclean would apply (or Dennis Pearson).

Interesting interpretation, MM.

Anonymous said...

To help an alcoholic do we need to become alcoholics? No! We need principled people to stand by their principles and not try to sneak into office under a false banner - doing so validates that party's corruption. We need to do the hard work of engaging the people of this city and show them the corruption of this government - such as this fraudulent candidate search which was decided on or before election day.

-Steven Ramos

Anonymous said...

We should know by the middle of the month if Allentown's Mayor heads West.If this occurs anyone can be the next Mayor

Anonymous said...

If Glazier is selected he would represent a 4th member on council from the 17th ward (Pop < 8000). If fair representation matters then Benitez or Gumbs should be the replacement.

-Steven Ramos

michael molovinsky said...

steven, as you know, there's lot of views we share, but not your last two comments on this topic. as an independent, i don't credit someone for adhering to strict party policy. allentown city council is not on the district system, so to me the applicant's neighborhood doesn't matter. my choice would be either pearson or maclean.

Anonymous said...

You called it. Glazier won.

Alfonso Todd
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