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Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan Announces Congressional Campaign in Pennsylvania’s 15th District


Bethlehem, PA – This morning, Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan announced his intentions to run for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 15th district.

“I’m running for Congress because while the challenges our country is facing have never been larger, the lack of leadership from our Congressman has also never been greater,” said Mayor Callahan.

“Just like I’ve done as Mayor, in Congress I’ll work to create jobs, get our economy moving again, restore fiscal responsibility, and keep our communities safe.  I’ll be an independent voice for our district that’s focused on finding bipartisan solutions to address the many challenges we’re facing.”

“Our economy is in peril because of years of policies supported by Charlie Dent that led to record deficits and skyrocketing unemployment.  He went to Washington and left the Lehigh Valley behind, and I can no longer sit back and watch him vote time and time again against the best interests of the Lehigh Valley.  I can’t sit on the sidelines while he votes to bailout the folks on Wall Street who got our economy into this mess while turning his back on Main Street and the families here in the Lehigh Valley who are really struggling,” added Mayor Callahan.

“Only recently has it become clear that the next best way I can make a difference for our community is to take my focus on creating jobs and economic development to Washington.  That’s why I’m running for Congress, and I look forward to discussing my experience and vision for the Lehigh Valley over the course of the upcoming campaign.”

Callahan has served as Mayor of Bethlehem since 2004.  Under his leadership, Callahan has revitalized the city by creating thousands of new jobs and bringing in billions of dollars in economic development to the city of Bethlehem.  His accomplishments prompted Money Magazine to name Bethlehem, which was home to the nations largest brownfield after the loss of Bethlehem Steel, the most livable city in Pennsylvania.  He has remained committed to fiscal responsibility during his time in office; Callahan cut government waste and aggressively reduce the city’s debt by $54 million.  As a result of his leadership, Bethlehem is the safest, most prosperous, and fastest growing city in Pennsylvania.

The campaign also launched its website this morning,, and will announce a campaign kick-off event in the near future.

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July 27, 2009 at 9:12 am Staff


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