“One of my favorite passages of scripture is, ‘in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.’ –Matthew 25:40.”
– U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
Sam serves and has served on national boards of directors and executive leadership positions for the oldest organizations working to elect and financially support women from both sides of the aisle when they run for elected office at all levels.
Sam has been at the leading edge of solving neighborhood blight and historic preservation for over 30 years on a local, regional, and state wide basis.
Sam a life long active member in the religious choral traditions of the churches she has been blessed to be a member of.
Sam has been a national spearhead of the initiatives that honor the critical role that women have played in the civil rights movement and honoring the little known intersect of the civil rights and women’s movements.
Sam has been a long standing community leader in initiatives celebrating first Scandinavian heritage.
Sam has been honored to be recruited to serve on a wide variety of arts and communications non – profit board of directors.
Sam has been honored to follow in the foot steps of her grandfather O.W. “Bud” Bennett who was Mayor of Piscataway, NJ and the longest serving National CEO of Cub scouting in scouting history.
Sam has worked hard to honor the passion for politics that has come from both sides of her family. Her paternal grandfathers life long involvement in the republican party culminating in his being appointed Mayor of Piscataway, NJ by the Democratic City Council and her Democratic committee women’s mothers life long passion for progressive politics.
For over 3 decades Sam has been a passionate advocate for the Allentown School District and its students. As Sam likes to say, “so goes the school district so goes the city”.
Coming from a military family, Sam has been an active participant and mentor in Collegiate and high school programs.
“I've known Sam for 25 years. She has made a difference for our city more than anyone I've ever known in my 40 plus years living in Allentown, 32 years working for Lehigh County Department of Human Services, 35 years as a parent of two daughters schooled in the Allentown schools, property owner and tax payer for 40 plus years and resident of North 6th Street for 33 years. Taking into consideration my history, experiences and community involvement and participation, I believe Sam will be the best mayor our city has seen! ”
— Cynthia Douglas Mertz - 40 resident Allentown, Call Time Manager Friends of Siobhan "Sam" Bennett