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Allentown mayor vetoes term-limit bill

Pawlowski said he's willing to compromise

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has vetoed a term-limit bill approved by city council, but said he's open to compromise.

Allentown City Council earlier this month approved a measure that would ask voters in November whether to limit the mayor to a two-year term. The bill would not have been retroactive, and the terms would not need to be consecutive.

The mayor said in his veto message that he is not in favor term limits. “But in the interest of compromise, I would be happy to sign a measure that would place the question of term limits for all city elected positions together; the mayor, city council and the controller; on the ballot," according to the mayor's message.

In a news release announcing his decision, the mayor said he had urged city council to reject the term-limit bill, arguing residents "don't like to be told they can't have the mayor of their choice." Former Mayor Joe Daddona served four terms. Voters elected Pawlowski in November 2005 and re-elected him in 2009 and 2013.

Pawlowski said he expects council to take a vote to override his veto. Council's initial vote was unanimous.

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