Sam Bennett

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

Sam is running for Mayor of Allentown to restore faith in City Hall and ensure all Allentown citizens have a city that is safe, clean and prosperous for all. For thirty years, Sam has worked to move our city forward. Now you can stand up for her. Use the form below to tell your story about why you support Siobhan “Sam” Bennett for Mayor of Allentown 2017. Our team will reach out to you before we post your photo and story.

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I'm With Sam

I’ve known Sam Bennett for over 20 years, and I am excited to support her campaign for Mayor. Allentown deserves her kind of smart, trustworthy leadership. Through her political, business and civic endeavors, Sam has demonstrated her deep commitment to the city of Allentown. She is the leader Allentown needs to continue to grow and thrive.

– former U.S. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (PA)

I wish you the very best in your campaign and truly feel that you are the best for Allentown. Though at this time I am unable to participate in politics in any fashion, I am wishing you the very best, and looking forward to voting for you in 2017.

– Jeanette Eichenwald - Former Allentown City Councilwoman, Inaugural Chair, Friends of Siobhan "Sam" Bennett 2017

A volunteer for each of Mayfair's 30 years and a supervisor/team leader for the past 23 year I've worked with all it's executive directors. Not only was Sam Bennett its most successful Executive Director- she was the best ever at managing Mayfair's most important resource - its volunteers.

– Bobbie Rudolph - 20 year Volunteer Supervisor Mayfair Festival of the Arts

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

I've always been impressed by leadership that is compassionate, leads by example and committed to diversity. Sam Bennett is such a leader.  Having grown up in Allentown, I fully support her candidacy for Mayor in 2017 because Allentown is no longer a small town, but a metropolitan city. Our growth depends on a leader of Sam's magnitude. 

– Tatiana Tooley - former candidate PA State House (PA 22), Get Out The Vote Manager Friends of Siobhan "Sam" Bennett 2017

I have known Sam since she ran for Congress in 2008 and then served as CEO for WCF and SSR, where I served as Treasurer to the Board of Directors. In a world where partisan politics have created nothing but gridlock, and where elected officials seem to have forgotten that their constituents elected them to represent them and work for their interests, Sam is a living reminder of the best of what our representatives have to offer:  she is smart, sensible, and most importantly you can rely on two things - she will work hard for you, and she cares.

– Jennifer Marre - Managing Director, Associate General Counsel, U.S. Trust; Former Board Treasurer Women's Campaign Fund and She Should Run

I've watched Sam in action over the past 16 years. She works hard. She cares. She's smart. Few have done as much to make a difference. That's why I think Sam Bennett will be great as the next Mayor of Allentown.

– Dick Leonzi - Treasurer Friends of Siobhan "Sam" Bennett

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.

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

"Sam's leadership encompasses active listening and inspiring others with visions for better neighborhoods and schools. She has a gift for bringing people together....and that is why I am supporting Sam's candidacy for Mayor of Allentown 2017. Sam knows how to stand firm. The closing of Hary's Bar in 2007:our neighborhood was bombarded by this nuisance bar at the Hotel Traylor. Sam got all the neighbors together, encouraged us to pool our money together and hire an attorney. Within hours of a Court Hearing in which neighbors testified to the negative impact of this establishment, Hary's was padlocked and remained closed. Sam and her husband encouraged us, stood firm and justice prevailed. Sam also mediated two seemingly opposite interest. She extended a welcoming outreach to the current owner of the Traylor Hotel and worked with him to solve problems many of us in the neighborhood thought had no solution."

– Sue Kratzer - Former Allentown School District educater, Award Winning home owner

Sam is one of the most courageous, honest and hardworking people I have ever met. Why are those aspects of her personality important? It takes courage to create great change and Allentown needs someone with bold judgment and calculated risk-taking. The city center needs to be swept clean of corruption, perceived and actual, so that government can get back to the business of improving the citizens’ quality of life. A forward-thinking, ethical candidate can create successes for Allentown, while avoiding the pitfalls that have recently stained the city administration. Allentown is a culturally diverse city which remains somewhat segregated. A leader who believes in and encourages citizens in all walks of life is needed to open meaning dialogue regarding the city’s multiculturalism. Sam’s work and life experience make her an excellent choice to open a sustained, respectful dialogue. Allentown needs a front-runner that will honor the individual and encourage the population to become involved in the growth and triumphs of the city. Sam can achieve this. Hard work is critical when running a city the size of Allentown. I met Sam in 1993. My company was a Bell Atlantic business client and I worked with Sam on many projects. It would not be unusual for us to be there weekends or into the wee morning hours to meet deadlines. Dedication to the job at hand is one of the attributes I most admire in her. My belief in Sam’s abilities is so strong that I will join her campaign to help give Allentown the leader it deserves.

– Jackie Gardner - Allentown School District educater, Former Bell Atlantic business advertiser

As a teacher when one is blessed to have a precocious and talented student "luck" into your classes, one immediately looks for those sustaining attributes of character that will serve in the long run: breadth of interest, integrity, fortitude and caring. Of course, now in retrospect I know all of this had been borne forth. Siobhan "Sam" Bennett is this superb person.

– James Mullen - Professor of Art and Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts - State University of New York at Oneonta

I support Sam Bennett for Mayor because of her commitment to Allentown. Over 21 years, as soccer moms and parent leaders on the Allen High school council, I have watched Sam's ability to collaborate and encourage wide spread participation in leadership roles. Each time Sam has run for election I have voted for her. I hope you will join me in voting for her in this election.

– Bishop Blair Couch - Moravian Church

I'm With Sam

“I’ve known Sam Bennett for over 20 years, and I am excited to support her campaign for Mayor. Allentown deserves her kind of smart, trustworthy leadership. Through her political, business and civic endeavors, Sam has demonstrated her deep commitment to the city of Allentown. She is the leader Allentown needs to continue to grow and thrive.”
— former U.S. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (PA)

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