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Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski to face Nat Hyman in general election

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski to face...

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Incumbent Democratic Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will be facing Republican challenger Nat Hyman in the November 7th general election.

Hyman defeated Allentown Police Detective and former Navy NCIS investigator Luiz Garcia to proceed to the general election.

Pawlowski held off six challengers in order to continue his re-election bid.

Hyman is the CEO of Hyman Properties and Landau and a newcomer to politics.

He says he is the only outsider running for mayor and thinks the cloud of what he calls “corruption” is the biggest problem facing the city.

Hyman also tells 69 News, “The neighborhoods outside the NIZ have been ignored and are in need of much attention. In particular, the east side and south side of Allentown are riddled with blighted buildings.”

Hyman says his experience running a real estate business and renovating properties gives him the experience needed to address these problems.

Mayor Pawlowski has been in office for 12 years and has overseen much of the development of the Neighborhood Improvement Zone which has created explosive growth in Center City Allentown.

However, Pawlowski tells 69 News, “To sustain this growth, we will need to further invest in our neighborhoods surrounding the downtown. To date, the city has committed over $2.5 million and leveraged another $8 million from the private sector through the Upside Allentown Initiative to impact these surrounding communities. We will need to do more if we are to see true economic revitalization take hold.”

Furthermore, Pawlowski says, if re-elected, he will focus on the Allentown riverfront, create a greenway along Jordan Creek, and restore rail service to New York City and Philadelphia, among other things.

 

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