Candidates for local office provide a message of unity in the midst of divisive campaigns
Written by Jim Deegan on May 11, 2021
Candidates for local office provide a message of unity in the midst of a divisive election cycle
By Genesis Ortega
May 11, 2021
Politics have intensified into a bare-knuckles fight between candidates seeking office in Allentown just one week before the Pennsylvania primary election on May 18.
But one organization, the Unidos Foundation, is hoping to spread a message of unity.
In a historic year for city and county politics, candidates running for local seats are more diverse than ever.
But that doesn’t exactly mean there’s a lot of unity among them.
One candidate was accused of running on his Latino identity but not doing enough for Latinos. Another was accused of inventing a family member in order to sound more diverse.
So Unidos, a non-profit community foundation, asked the candidates to record messages of unity.
They are posted on the organization’s Facebook page.
Ce-Ce Gerlach: “Regardless of who you’re supporting in this upcoming election, let’s all begin to work together to better the city.”
Julio Guridy: “Regardless of party lines and regardless of this election, we’re going to work together.”
Mayor Ray O’Connell: “It’s been a long election cycle. And I want to thank everyone for caring and loving the great city of Allentown.”
Tim Ramos: “Help us break down the divisions between us. And remember we are one city, one people, one Allentown.”
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