Mayor Ray O'Connell

Pennsylvania’s municipal primary election is here. One of the highest-watched races in the Lehigh Valley is for the Allentown mayoral seat.

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 is hoping to spread a message of unity.

PBS39 and WLVR’s Allentown mayoral debate May 6 was focused on Latino affairs and revealed the candidates’ strong opinions about policing in Pennsylvania’s third-largest city.

The number of COVID vaccinations administered in Pennsylvania is now more than three times the number of positive cases according to state data. But in Allentown, there’s another shot that can be seen as a sign of hope.

Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell has ignited a controversy with recent comments that he’s considering running for re-election in 2021 – this following his 2019 campaign promise not to run again..


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