Allentown’s Deputy Mayor rules out 2021 mayoral bid

Written by on January 5, 2021

Allentown’s Deputy Mayor rules out 2021 mayoral bid

By Genesis Ortega

January 5, 2021

Leonard Lightner

The list of Democrats who may be running for Allentown mayor continues to change. The city’s deputy mayor Leonard Lightner says he’s no longer considering a bid. WLVR’s Genesis Ortega brings us up to speed on the latest developments.

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Leonard Lightner is Allentown’s Community and Economic Development Director. He says his decision stems from a promise he made not to run against the current mayor. 

That’s Ray O’Connell, who said in December he’s seeking re-election.

Questions were raised last month about Lightner’s mayoral bid. A bill before the city council proposes having some city employees resign before running for office. Lighter would have been the only one affected on the current list of candidates. 

City council members Cece Gerlach, Josh Siegel and Julio Guridy all say they are running for Mayor.  Matthew Tuerk, a former VP of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, is also in the race. 

It’s still possible for more candidates to jump in – The deadline is still two month away. 

Currently, Lehigh County Republican Party Vice Chair Tim Ramos is the only person on the GOP ticket for Allentown mayor.

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