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List of eligible Allentown mayor applicants continues to shrink

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - What started as 32 applicants is now at 17.

There are plenty of reasons as to why some didn't make the cut to be the next mayor of Allentown.

"Not a registered Democrat, not a resident of the city, or they weren't the party affiliation 30 days prior," said acting Mayor Roger MacLean.

Some of the names on the list are people who were on the primary ballot in 2017.

Nat Hyman actually ran as a Republican after switching from a Democrat, but is now a Democrat once again.

There is also former city council president Ray O'Connell, but a ruling by the solicitor says O'Connell needs to be out of city office for a year before applying for a new city position.

That decision was left up to temporary Allentown mayor and current council president, Roger MacLean.

"I'm going to throw it to my colleagues and let them decide. Why should I be the sole arbiter," MacLean said.

Each applicant will be interviewed for 20 minutes this week where they will need to address their plans for the city, answer any questions from council, and then make a final pitch for the job. Plans that include the city budget and forward momentum.

"We need to find somebody who has some unique ideas, some novel ideas, some forward thinking of how we are going to deal with those issues as well as keeping economic growth going in the city," said MacLean. 

The interviews will begin Tuesday night and conclude Thursday when city council will vote. A decision on if Ray O'Connell will be allowed to stay on the list is expected Tuesday night as well.

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