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Pawlowski re-elected, thankful for citizens of Allentown

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - After the votes were counted, supporters cheered for Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski as he had been voted in for another term.

"I'm just really thankful for the citizens of Allentown for seeing the successes we've had and coming out and voting...really looking past all the noise that is out there regarding all these other issues," Pawlowski said.

That noise is a major federal court case where Pawlowski is facing 54 charges alleging corruption. Others charged in the case have implicated the mayor as a major player.

A crowded field of opponents ran because they felt it may be time for change in the city, but fell short to the incumbent.

Pawlowski says making it through the primary and general elections is huge, and now his focus is on the court case.

"We will know in January. I believe I will be exonerated and we've won two battles now. We've got one more left on the horizon and my hope is we'll be victorious in that too," Pawlowski said. 

Pawlowski won't talk about what would happen at City Hall if he doesn't win his court proceeding. But he says once found innocent, he'll have to regain the trust of some residents.

"Hopefully this will all be over soon and we can get on with the business of the city and continue to move the city forward," he said.

Pawlowski's trial is scheduled to begin in January. Last week his attorney did file a motion to dismiss the case.

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