Ray O'Connell wins Democratic bid for Allentown mayor


Allentown Democrats gave the nod to current interim Mayor Ray O'Connell to run for mayor in November.

O'Connell overwhelmingly won the race with 53 percent of the votes against his contenders Cheryl Johnson Watts, Michael Daniels, and Patrick Palmer.

O'Connell has been serving as interim mayor since last year after his fellow council members nominated him when former Mayor Ed Pawlowski went to prison.

He had been on City Council for 8 years, serving as president for 3. He also worked for the Allentown School District for nearly 40 years.

O'Connell will face Republican Tim Ramos in the November election.