Lehigh Valley for All hosts candidates forum

Written by on February 18, 2021

Lehigh Valley for All hosts candidates forum

By Genesis Ortega

A Lehigh Valley for All meeting pre-COVID-19.

This week marks the official start of election season in Pennsylvania, and Lehigh Valley candidates are looking for new ways to reach potential supporters.

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To that end, Lehigh Valley for All, a progressive, grassroots organization, hosted a well-attended “Meet the Candidates” Zoom night on Feb. 17. 

“I am the economic development candidate in the Allentown mayoral race,” says Democrat Matt Tuerk who is running for mayor. “Allentown is bigger than just Center City. There’s an enormous opportunity on the east side, there’s a huge opportunity on the south side to develop industrial sites.” 

One of his opponents, CeCe Gerlach, submitted a video for the meeting saying she will represent all of Allentown’s diverse communities. 

“I’m running for mayor because we are a city with folks from over 74 different countries who speak more than 47 different languages. And it’s about time that we have a mayor who not only understands that, and embraces that, but also is willing to invest in that,” Gerlach says. 

Former President Donald Trump and his following were frequently discussed by Democrats in Northampton County. 

“Donald Trump is defeated but Trump-ism in Northampton County has not yet been put to rest,” says Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, who is running for re-election. “Part of why I’m running for re-election is to finally put Trump-ism to bed in Northampton County.”

Patty Bruni is gunning for a Northampton County Council seat.

“This is not the year to back down,” she says.

People running for any seat in Lehigh and Northampton counties had the opportunity to speak during the forum. All the candidates in attendance were Democrats. 

Candidates now have less than a month to collect enough signatures to get on the May 18 ballot.

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