Sam Bennett

“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”

– Denzel Washington

What our campaign team has in common is a passion and commitment to Allentown. Not political operatives, but rather hard working individuals who want to make a difference for the city they love.


Dr. Diane Scott

Campaign Chair, Friends of Siobhan “Sam” Bennett 2017


Jeanette Eichenwald

Inaugural Campaign Chair, Friends of Siobhan “Sam” Bennett 2017

Jeanette Eichenwald

  • Former Allentown City Councilwoman
  • Former Allentown School District Board of Director
  • Numerous Civic and Public Service Appointments, Allentown PA

Tatiana Tooley

Campaign Treasurer, Friends of Siobhan “Sam” Bennett 2017

TatianaTooley

  • 1989 William Allen High School Graduate
  • 1989 to 2002 Operations Manager, Corporate America, Washington DC
  • 2009 to present Community Activist, Community Organizer
  • 2014 Candidate State Representative District 22 (Allentown)
  • Currently HR Representative for Deploy HR

Dick Leonzi

Inaugural Campaign Treasurer, Friends of Siobhan “Sam” Bennett 2017

Dick Leonzi

  • B.S. Business Administration – Edison State University
  • Retired Chief Financial Officer – John Yurconic Agency
  • Former business owner – Whitehall Development Inc
  • Former Campaign Treasurer – Rep. Jennifer Mann
  • Registered Tax Return Preparer – Internal Revenue Service

Matthew Gross

Administrative Manager

  • 2016 WAHS graduate
  • 2016 WAHS Marching Band
  • 2016 WAHS Junior Naval ROTC

Cynthia Douglas Mertz

Development Manager

Cynthia

  • Attended Penn State
  • 40 years Allentown resident
  • 32 years Lehigh County Department of Human Services (retired)
  • 35 year Allentown School District parent
  • 33 years resident N. 6th Street Allentown

Anne Crothers

Co- Chair of Events Committee

anne-crothers

  • Psychotherapist in a private practice in Allentown at her business, Healingworks
  • Lives in Allentown and is a board member for Allentown Weed and Seed and Old Allentown Preservation Association.
  • Fourth Generation Democrat and feels strongly about electing women to public office

Selina Winchester

Communications


Carole Gorney

Communications

I'm With Sam

“I have known Siobhan "Sam" Bennett for nearly two decades and have found her to be intelligent, honest and well organized with an outgoing engaging personality. In the many years that I worked with Sam in the Allentown City and Lehigh County Democratic Committees I have found her to be an encouraging and artful leader with incredible political and personal instincts and skills. Sam is a person who is truly dedicated to her community and to her family. Back in the early 2000's my daughter, Rachel told me about the extraordinary person who was mentoring Rachel and some of her friends in organizing and operating the student led "William Allen Construction Company," which was responsible for some major renovations including the Auditorium at William Allen High School. These renovations cost the taxpayer nothing and made major improvements to William Allen High School. Rachel, who is now a successful Attorney, credits Sam for helping her to develop many skills such as Grant Writing, Public Speaking, as well as Public Relations and Marketing, which have served Rachel well in her Attorney positions. Sam also gave Rachel her first "Real Job" working for Sam's Non Profit, "Properties of Merit," a local beautification project that Pennsylvania Governor, Ed Rendell pushed to be funded statewide. Rachel was also a trusted member of Sam's team when Sam ran for office. As a member of "The Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society" Performing Group I had a chance to witness Sam Bennett in action on the grounds of Cedar Beach back during the "Mayfair Festival Of the Arts" when Sam was the Mayfair Executive Director for 2 years. Sam was traveling all over the Cedar Beach area during the Music Festival personally making sure that every performer had what they needed, whether it was sound equipment or water. Sam also has experience working in Washington where she was the National CEO for 5 years of the "Women's Campaign Fund," the Nations oldest organization financially supporting women running for office. While working in Washington Sam also became a regular contributor for Fox News, MSNBC and PBS, where she often appeared on shows such as Megyn Kelley's, Chris Matthews Hardball and others. A look at Sam's website, www.sambennett.info can give Allentown voters a look at Sam's outstanding background and lifetime accomplishments. In my opinion if Sam Bennett becomes the Democratic Mayoral Candidate and later on the Mayor of Allentown, I believe we will all breathe a sigh of relief as the dark cloud that hangs over the Allentown Mayor's Office is lifted and is replaced by a dynamic new Breath of Fresh Air. Jerry Gallagher - Allentown City Democratic Committeeman and Lehigh County Democratic Committeeman”
— Jerry Gallagher

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