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Greetings:

Please change your pointers to www.donovanforallentown.org, my campaign page.

Best regards,

Michael

Donovan’s Challenge to the Current Mayor to Hold Debates


News Release

September 10, 2013

CONTACT:

William J. Hoffman
E-mail: wjhoffman@gmail.com
484-695-1157 (cell)

 Donovan for Allentown Mayor Challenges Pawlowski to 3 Debates

 Referring to the Ed Pawlowski’s dream of becoming Governor in 2014, candidate for Mayor of Allentown William Michael Donovan today challenged him to 3 debates between now and the election on November 5.

“Yesterday, Mayor Pawlowski stood a few blocks from here and announced that he is leaving Allentown to pursue his dream of being Governor,” Donovan said, “I stand here today to tell you that I’m running for Mayor of this city and I plan on being here and serving its people for my entire term. I’m interested to find out how Mayor Pawlowski plans to serve our city as Mayor when he’s out of town campaigning and fundraising. That is just one of the many unanswered questions he has left us with, and that is why I am here to challenge him to a series of 3 debates.“

Donovan believes that Allentown citizens were ignored as his opponent pushed through policies with far-reaching, but uncertain, impact.  Proper civic engagement is vital whenever complex initiatives are undertaken.  Dissent is necessary to produce the best public policy.  He said, “I have spent decades, my career, working to understand what it is that makes a city succeed or fail. Through my years of effort I have discovered that one key element for success is when competing interests come together and work toward a common and reasonable plan of action to face difficult challenges.”

He added, “We have already scheduled Thursday, October 17th at Muhlenberg College, but welcome two other mutually agreeable dates.  While he tries to climb the political ladder, we all can hope the Mayor finds time to come back to Allentown and answer the people’s questions.”

Worried that inadequate community planning has occurred with the development of the Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ), Donovan described how residents are asking where are the jobs?  He said, “Behind the brick walls and façade lies the fact that this construction is being completed at the expense of much needed training and education for our residents for the supposed jobs being created.”

Continuing, Donovan explained, “Allentown is still a city in distress, even as the Mayor touts the State-created NIZ.  Our median income has fallen.  Our poverty rate has increased.  Our dropout rate has accelerated.  Our commitment to support our neighborhoods and the creative diversity they posses has been forgotten. Social ills and crime still threaten our quality of life. Our city’s finances are a mess, hidden with smoke and mirrors under many years of asset sales, unexplained tax increases, and unsubstantiated fee increases.  This Mayor has satisfied special interests while dismissing our interests, which is to have a say in controversial policy initiatives that can affect us and our children for generations.

Finally, Donovan asked, “As a citizen we have a right to present the Mayor with these important issues and we have a right to the answers. But where is he? Off campaigning for governor while we try to sort out the pieces he’s left us?”

Donovan wants to bring the benefits of community planning to economic development and insure that investment truly prospers for all.  He said, “As mayor of this great city, my administration will be built upon the foundation of expanding community leadership in our neighborhoods, ensuring the future of our youth through educational partnerships and recreational enhancements, improving the safety of all our citizens by putting more police on foot on the streets, and recapturing a trust in government officials that has been lost.  In this way, economic development benefits all of us: the people in Allentown and throughout the Valley, the investors, the developers, the employees, and the business owners.”

Michael Donovan is a professor of business and economics at Cedar Crest College and a former city councilman where he served as Vice President for 2 years and chaired the Budget and Finance Committee.  He has almost 40 years of experience in urban affairs through his work in business, education, and public policy.

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A Challenge to the Current Mayor: Debate Vital Issues Concerning Allentown


News Event

WHAT:           Independent Candidate for Mayor, William Michael Donovan, challenges current Mayor, Ed Pawlowski, to 3 debates

WHERE:         PPL Plaza, Hamilton Street and 9th Street

WHEN:           Tuesday, September 10, at 2:00pm

CONTACT:

William J. Hoffman
E-mail: wjhoffman@gmail.com
484-695-1157 (cell)

September 9th, 2013
Join Independent candidate for Mayor, Michael Donovan, for a press conference outlining his expectations for the fall Mayoral election and the need for frequent debates between him and the current Mayor. With the Mayor’s announcement of his plans to run for Governor, now more than ever these debates are necessary.

The Current Mayor and His Ambitions Hurt Allentown


Join me tomorrow morning at 9:30am at 7th and Hamilton St as I watch Mayor Ed Pawlowski announce to the city his intent to run for governor of the commonwealth and try to explain how he can be in two places at once. Shortly after, he’ll be leaving the city and its citizens to pursue his dreams of higher office. If you find yourself wondering why the Mayor would abandon the city now, when it needs strong leadership and dedication to resolve the critical issues throughout all the neighborhoods, come down to 7th and Hamilton and show your support for Donovan for Mayor. What this city needs is a Mayor who will complete his term and view the city as a vibrant area of growth and development instead of a portfolio piece

William Michael Donovan’s Response to The Current Mayor’s Ambition


News Release

 

September 6, 2013

 

CONTACT:

William J. Hoffman

E-mail: wjhoffman@gmail.com

484-695-1157 (cell)

 

Donovan Responds to the Current Mayor’s Quest to be Governor and asks Why?

 

Independent candidate for Allentown Mayor, Michael Donovan, responded today to Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s creation of a PAC to support a campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania.

“We are fortunate to live in a country where anyone can run for any government office.  However, after pushing through so many of his pet projects, each with decades of unknown effects on the citizens and businesses of Allentown, and each without adequate citizen engagement and input, it is surprising that the current Mayor would divert his attention to higher office.  He has not fixed Allentown, as he claims; he has created great uncertainty.  Why would he run away now?  Is he afraid of the ramifications of his one-sided decisions? By making this statement, Mayor Ed Pawlowski is abandoning the city of Allentown”

Donovan stressed that he will serve the people of Allentown for an entire 4-year term and thus protect the city from having to experience, again,  what happens when officials are appointed instead of eleted, as in the case of City Council and its 3 appointed members.

He added that “as mayor of this great city, my administration will be built upon the foundation of expanding community leadership in our neighborhoods, ensuring the future of our youth through educational partnerships and recreational enhancements, improving the safety of all our citizens, and recapturing a trust in government officials that has been lost. I believe in providing an administration for the people and by them.”

“Mayor Pawlowski has proven time and again that his administration was run not as a City Without Limits, but as a City Without Choice. He pushed the water lease through without choice, he pushed the incinerator deal through without choice, and when the people tried to speak against his decisions he shut them down and gave them no choice. He has ignored requests for input on the NIZ development.  It is not just my prerogative as a candidate to give that choice back, but my obligation to this city and its people.”

Michael Donovan is a professor of business and economics at Cedar Crest College and a former city councilman where he served as Vice President for 2 years and chaired the Budget and Finance Committee.  He has almost 40 years of experience in urban affairs through his work in business, education, and public policy.

Current Mayor of Allentown’s actions concerning the gubernatorial race


The Donovan for Allentown Committee has seen today’s reports about the current Mayor establishing organizations associated with running for governor in the Commonwealth. Independent candidate for mayor, Michael Donovan, will have a statement on this matter forthcoming.

English as a Second Language


Greetings:

This summer, I had the opportunity to teach Ukrainian students business and economic topics in English, while my colleagues worked at helping the same students expand their abilities in English grammar and vocabulary.

This was the second time, and the additional experience continued to build my understanding of how hard it is to learn a second language.  Some do it easily.  Others struggle.  I admire those who succeed.

As we look forward to the November election, we must remember that our city is challenged with the need to help people, especially children, learn English, not only conversational English, but also the ability to converse broadly and with sufficient depth to participate comfortably in the existing system of business and education.

We have always had people come to our shores speaking a different language.  Often several generations were needed before offspring achieved fluency.  We can no longer wait as long, and must work hard to help our children become talented with speaking English as they approach high school.  If not, what looked promising at a young age with basic conversation, becomes a serious deficiency later in life as subjects and concepts become increasingly more complicated.

And for those interested in the long-term health of our great city, the sooner we recognize teaching English as a Second Language is a vital part of any community development strategy, the sooner we can make progress on a host of other possibilities.  Speaking a second, third, or fourth language is a powerful skill for all of us.

Over the last 8 years, rarely, if ever, was the topic of how to increase language resources a subject of public policy.  Just one more example of the current administration ignoring the human side of our city.

I will change that.

Best regards,

Michael

 

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