Sam Bennett

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.”

– Arnold Glasow

 

SAM BENNETT’S CONCESSION SPEECH

May 16, 2017

Let me begin by congratulating Ed, Charlie, and Ray on their great races-and we will see who emerges as the winner in tonight’s primary. It was difficult race with a crowded field of seven candidates splitting the vote ad we commend all candidates including Josh, Dave, and Nathan.

The city’s residents had difficult choices to make, and many may not be happy with the results. But, this primary was about more than someone’s candidate getting more votes than the others. It was-and it is-about the future of Allentown.

So, with that in mind, I will continue to work for the betterment of Allentown and the lives of its residents.

As my last act as a candidate, I want to thank all the people who were behind me throughout the campaign, offering moral support and needed funding, especially my husband Martin and my son David.

I also must thank those people who went ahead of me knocking on doors, talking to their families and friends, or formally endorsing my candidacy.

Finally, my lasting gratitude to my wonderfully professional campaign team that worked tirelessly alongside of me during the 10 grueling months of the campaign.

One last thought. Regardless of who is elected Mayor in November, we are all stakeholders in Allentown, and each and every one of us needs to get involved and work together if we are to eradicate urban blight. If we are to eliminate negative perceptions of crime and our schools. If we are to revitalize the ENTIRE city, not just the five-block NIZ area. To make Allentown all it can be!

Moving Allentown Forward – Together

 

 

 

 

I'm With Sam

“I always enjoyed watching Sam Bennett when she was a semi-regular guest on Megyn Kelly’s afternoon show. As a CEO commuting to Washington, DC from Allentown, she had achieved what all of us in business and the professions aspire to: she had “gone national”. Leadership, however, is a quality that transcends location. Allentown’s downtown development has, rightly I believe, caught the notice of the entire country. It would be very helpful for us that our next Mayor be able to relate to federal and state government officials as well as outside business and real estate developers from a higher, national perspective. Local government, by its nature, tends to be the domain of people with a more parochial point of view. Rarely, though, do we have an opportunity to elect a leader whose perspective is sufficiently broad to elevate the quality of life in our city. Siobhan Bennett’s experience working on a larger, national stage offers us a compelling contrast in the next municipal election.”
— Lawrence T. Larmer - Financial Advisor, Allentown, PA

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