Allentown mayoral candidates celebrate, worry about results

Written by on May 19, 2021

Allentown mayoral candidates celebrate, worry about results

By Genesis Ortega

May 19, 2021

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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It was a nail-biter waiting for the results of the Allentown Democratic mayoral primary. After the polls closed on May 18, candidates waited for results. 

Mat Tuerk’s election party was held at Union & Finch in Allentown. Photo | Genesis Ortega / WLVR

It was early on in the night and yet the energy flowing from Union & Finch was palpable. That’s where former economic development official, Matt Tuerk, had his election night party. 

“It’s overwhelming. The work that we had to do to get ourselves in this position was bonkers. I’m physically drained but I’m also totally emotionally charged,” Tuerk says.

Ce-Ce Gurlach has her election party at the ALlentown Brew Works. Photo| Genesis Ortega / WLVR

Not too far away Councilwoman Ce-Ce Gerlach held her election night party at the Allentown Brew Works

“We’re fired up. Our team is excited, the energy is great here. We’ve all been out there all day at the polls. We’ve been out there for a year knocking on doors, making phone calls,” Gerlach says.

Councilman Julio Guridy was all smiles at his campaign party at the Palace on the east side. 

Julio Guridy held his campaign party at the Palace on the East side of Allentown. Photo | Genesis Ortega / WLVR

“I actually feel relaxed, a lot more relaxed. It’s been tough for days and months. And it’s a tough campaign.”

Over in the west end at the Main Gate Night Club, Incumbent Mayor Ray O’Connell sat surrounded by his supporters. 

Incumbent Mayor Ray O’Connell held his campaign party at Main Gate Night Club. Photo | Genesis Ortega / WLVR

He says waiting for results he felt 

“Anxious, very anxious,” O’Connell says, “Always anxious on election night.”

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