Feb 16, 2017
Raining Mayoral Candidates In Allentown
As I've written before, with such a crowded field, it will not take many votes to win. Pawlowski has been courting the small minority groups, hoping to cobble together enough votes. He is in a position to dispense favors, and promise more. I believe that his name recognition and remaining power makes him the lead candidate.
Sam Bennett started early, and is an experienced organizer. This is a Democratic town, and being a woman in this Hillary era, can only help her. She will certainly draw a substantial number of votes.
Charlie Thiel likewise has been on the scene for years. He is a school board member who has the support of Jennifer Mann. He has long standing ties with both the business and religious communities.
Ray O'Connell, in addition to currently being president of City Council, was an Allentown school principal. He has been concentrating on the west end vote, which always has the highest turnout.
My preference would be anyone but Pawlowski. The three others mentioned above bring a lot of talent to the race. Even among the three not mentioned, there are many qualifications.