– Arnold Glasow
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!
“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