Feb 17, 2016
Democracy of Sorts Sprouting in Allentown
City Council is apparently the hot ticket; I'm pleasantly surprised to learn that sixteen people applied for the open seat. Four of them have been deemed ineligible, because they were not Democrats for a least 30 days prior to their application. Although, I'm not going to list them or comment on them individually, you can find their names in an excellent Morning Call article by Emily Opilo. It's a positive sign for democracy in Allentown, that so many people still have more faith in council than I do. I would think that the volume of candidates will also have a rejuvenating effect of existing council members. Although, we will remain a one party town for the foreseeable future, candidates are adjusting to that reality. At least one member of council was a former Republican, who adapted to the current climate. At some point within the next year, I expect Pawlowski to resign, and council will eventually shed those that wore the scarlet P.
Photo of City Council in 2010