– 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!
“Sam Bennett would be a great mayor because what she can do is incredible. With the William Allen Construction Company, Good Neighbors, Properties of Merit and the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Memorial (now The Freedom Memorial), I have seen her build amazing organizations, starting with nothing but a great idea and committed colleagues. With Mayfair Festival of the Arts, Women's Campaign Fund and the Lehigh County Democrats' get-out-the-vote operation, she stepped into challenging situations and turned them around. Sam is successful due to hard work and talent; she is highly skilled at marketing, communication, finance and operations. Sam is honest and she really cares about Allentown.”
— Martin Estrada - Allentown City Democratic Committee, immediate past chair, Mayfair Festival of the Arts and Properties of Merit of PA, volunteer; married twenty-one years to Siobhan "Sam" Bennett.