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Tembo outlines list of priorities if elected Allentown mayor

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Allentown businessman, "King" Solomon Tembo, moved here from Zimbabwe 24 years ago.

Tembo says the "King" in his name is a homage to his African roots.

He says he's in touch with Allentown's 'everyman' and wants to put them first.

"I have an office here, I have a lot of people coming asking for jobs," Tembo said inside his Hamilton street office.

Write-in Independent candidate for Allentown Mayor, Solomon Tembo, says creating more jobs is at the top of his agenda.

He says he'll start at Allentown's riverfront.

"I would build restaurants, bars, apartments, office buildings," he said.

He says this would be separate from Jaindl Properties Waterfront development.

Tembo's vision also includes a mall.

"You have one in Whitehall, why isn't there one here? We can have our own mall in Allentown that people can walk to," he said.

Tembo also wants to create an influx of jobs to help spur more economic growth throughout the downtown and outside the NIZ.

"People of Allentown, you can build a small factory, a clothing factory, maybe a technical school," he said.

Tembo wants to tackle crime and his aim is to focus on the addicted as well as the dealers by having them voluntarily turn themselves in.

"You didn't kill anyone, you're dealing. Turn yourself into the police department and say 'I've been doing this how can you help me?', without fear of persecution or being judged," he explained.

"We would give them training and job placements for a second chance at life," he added.

Tembo said this could be paid for by taxes generated from new jobs, as well as consolidating city positions and using the excess funds.

Tembo also says he wants to sit with down the fire department.

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