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John Ingram shares vision for Allentown if elected mayor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Voters in Allentown will head to the polls in less than a month to decide who will be their mayor for the next four years.

Five people, including incumbent Ed Pawlowski, have expressed interest in the job.

This week, 69 News is speaking with each of the candidates about their plans should they be elected next month.

On Wednesday, John Ingram, candidate for the Common Sense Independent Party shared his vision if successful Nov. 7.

The longtime real estate career man and Army veteran said he has four main priorities: crime and public safety, education, blight, and ending dysfunction.

From the get-go, Ingram vows to strengthen the administration's relationship with city council.

"I am going to be one of these mayors that actually goes to city council meetings," Ingram said.

Ingram said solving a "dysfunction" issue in the city also includes filling vacant positions and perhaps eliminating others.

"Department heads will report directly to me, not to a managing director. In fact I'm going to eliminate that position," Ingram said. 

In his first 100 days he said he'll also work on a plan to improve the education system.

"I intend to be an advocate mayor working with the new superintendent," Ingram said.

That plan includes working with neighborhood groups and churches and potentially offering a city-sponsored class for students that focuses on etiquette, class, and discipline. 

"If it's promoted correctly, the positive impacts, and what it's going to do for these children as they grow up, giving them confidence in dealing with people, proper manners," Ingram said.

He also wants to attack blight in the city

"Make sure existing codes are enforced, and absentee landlords are doing what they're supposed to be doing," Ingram said.

To combat crime and improve public safety, Ingram suggests building stronger relationships with the community.

"If you could have police officers in pairs, in those high risk neighborhoods, saying hi to people on a first name basis, wouldn't that be great?" Ingram said.

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