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Mayor Pawlowski says he won't resign, will continue re-election campaign

VIDEO Allentown mayor indicted in FBI...

It was just a few months ago that Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski was celebrating a victory in Pennsylvania's primary election, but the FBI City Hall probe was a constant dark cloud hanging over the race.

More than two years after the FBI raided Allentown City Hall, Mayor Ed Pawlowski has been charged in a federal pay-to-play investigation.

Regardless, Mayor Pawlowski told 69 News he does not plan to resign nor does he plan to drop out of the race for mayor.

Mayor Pawlowski also told 69 News in a text he will comment on the charges Wednesday because he does not know what the indictment is yet.

The indictment remains under seal, but is expected to be unsealed Wednesday.

It started back in July 2015. Federal agents left City Hall with computers, files and documents.

Right around that same time Mayor Pawlowski suspended his campaign for U.S. Senate and his former campaign manager, Mike Fleck, left town.

Since then, nine people have pleaded guilty in the pay-to-play probe.

Most recently, Pawlowski fended off six other Democratic challengers to win the Democratic ticket for mayor.

It's not clear how the indictment will impact Pawlowski's political future. A win in November would give him his fourth term in office.

His Republican opponent in the race, Nat Hyman, says he's not surprised to learn of the charges against the mayor. He calls it an "enormous problem" for Allentown.


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