Allentown mayoral candidates hit the campaign trail hard on the final weekend before the election

Written by on May 17, 2021

Allentown mayoral candidates hit the campaign trail hard on the final weekend before the election

By Genesis Ortega

May 17, 2021

PBS39 and 91.3 WLVR hosted an Allentown Mayoral Debate moderated by correspondent Genesis Ortega, who addressed questions that pertain to the Lehigh Valley Latino community with candidates: Mayor Ray O’Connell, Ce-Ce Gerlach, Julio Guridy, Tim Ramos and Matt Tuerk.

Pennsylvania’s municipal primary election is here. One of the highest-watched races in the Lehigh Valley is for the Allentown mayoral seat. Four candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to possibly lead Pennsylvania’s third-largest city.

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Candidates are getting out and about in the home stretch to reach voters. 

Incumbent Mayor Ray O’Connell says he’s going to be canvassing across Allentown. 

“We’re going to be out on the streets. South side, east side, and center city, and I’ll be on the west end,” O’Connell says.

Former economic development official, Matt Tuerk, says he’s using his experience running marathons to target more voters. 

“I’m literally running from door to door to maximize the number of doors that we can hit. I’m making phone calls between doors,” Tuerk says.

City Councilman Julio Guridy is adapting a popular campaign strategy from Puerto Rico, a parade of cars honking and flashing lights, with speakers and people waving flags.

“Still knocking on doors and meeting with people and putting signs back up because a lot of my signs have been taken down by I don’t know who,” Guriday says.” 

And City Councilwoman Ce-Ce Gerlach took to a busy street corner during the final days. She said she wants to make sure residents understand her vision for Allentown. 

“I’ll be the mayor who’s standing at Sixth and Chew with doctors, policy makers, and activists talking about how we can re-imagine public safety,” Gerlach says.

The winner will go up against the Republican challenger, Tim Ramos, in November. 

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