Allentown City council candidates wait for results

Written by on May 19, 2021

 Allentown City council candidates wait for results

By Ben Stemrich

May 19, 2021

Photo | Ben Stemrich / WLVR

The vote tally for Allentown City Council started coming in late on primary election night. Candidates watched and waited for results.

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Nine candidates ran on the Democratic ticket to fill four city council seats. At the Allentown Fairgrounds Hotel, Incumbent Daryl Hendricks watched results unfold with other candidates.

“I feel confident. I was at the polls in a number of places today, I met a lot of new people, I met a lot of people I knew,” Hendricks says.

There were four incumbents on the ballot and some new faces like Patrick Palmer, who served on the city’s Human Relations Commission

As he watched results during an election party at the Allentown Brew Works, Palmer said he thinks voters are looking for something new.

“They were getting out in record numbers, they knew who the incumbents were and they still weren’t voting for the incumbents. So I feel like they know it’s time for a change and I think that’s a very positive thing,” Palmer says.

Newcomer Natalie Santos, an 18-year-old running for her first office says, win or lose, she is overwhelmed by all the support she’s gotten in the race.

“I can’t say how many people I’ve spoken to that are like, ‘You’re running for city council. You are so young, you are Hispanic, you look like me, your hair is curly, it’s great.’ And that’s what we need, we need representation and when people get excited, they pay attention,” Santos says. 

To follow results, visit the Lehigh County webpage.

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