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Allentown City Council names new president

Could have far reaching impact.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - There's new leadership heading up the Allentown City Council.

Council members voted to unanimously install Roger MacLean as president and Candida Affa as vice president for 2018.

MacLean was set to run against fellow council member, Daryl Hendricks, but Hendricks withdrew his name citing personal reasons.

The appointment is an important one as Mayor Ed Pawlowski is facing more than 50 federal corruption charges.

Per the city charter, if Pawlowski is forced to step down, the council president will be appointed mayor temporarily for 30 days until council can appoint a mayor.

If that process starts, any Allentown resident registered as a Democrat can apply for the position.

Outgoing council member Ray O'Connell says he is considering throwing his hat into the ring saying, "If the time arises where the current mayor steps aside and that position is open, I positively will put my name in to be the interim mayor."

Mayor Pawlowski’s trial is set to start January 16.

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