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Nat Hyman, local democrats react to Pawlowski indictment

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee Walter Felton made his opinion known about the indictment of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

"You are presumed innocent until proven guilty," Felton said.

Pawlowski supporters were by his side.

Luisa Melenedez said she even changed parties just to vote for Pawlowski in the primaries.

She said, "I think he's a good man. He's a man of God."

Although not all Democrats on the same page of supporting Pawlowski, the chairman says the indictment is not an issue.

He's focusing on Pawlowski winning the general election in November.

Felton said, "The mayor wasn't endorsed. He was not the endorsed candidate for the city of Allentown. He got nominated."

On the Republican side of the race Nat Hyman will face Mayor Ed Pawlowski for his position.

He said he is not surprised about the indictment and knew this day would come.

While Pawlowski supporters believe he has always done what's best for the city, Hyman strongly disagrees and said Pawlowski puts his own interests before everyone else’s.

"The regrettable thing for Allentown is that he has said that he plans to stay in office and fight these charges and which as we all know the wheels of justice turn very slowly. That can be many many months," said Hyman.

He said he is not worried about the indictment affecting his campaign and said people need to put partisan politics aside and get Pawlowski out or Pawlowski needs to resign.

"Everyone knows he is going to be indicted, likely convicted, and go to jail," Hyman added.

As far as what the local Democratic Party is willing to do concerning the upcoming race, Felton said the party can't pick another candidate for mayor without assuming Pawlowski is guilty and that's something he won't support.

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