Pennsylvania voters prepare for primary election

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Pennsylvania voters are getting ready to head back to polls for the first time since November’s bruising election.

This time, voters are picking a lot of posts that could shape their communities for years to come.

Those taking to Tuesday’s polls in Lehigh County will help cut through a crowded field in a variety of races.

Two Republicans are pitted against each other for Lehigh County Executive to face an unopposed Democrat. Current County Executive Tom Muller is not seeking reelection.

For Allentown City Council, four seats are open with nine candidates running, all Democrats. Two candidates are vying for a two-year seat, vacated by an appointed councilman.

The race thrust into the spotlight is for mayor of Allentown. Seven candidates, including current Mayor Ed Pawlowski, are set to battle it out on the Democratic side. Two others square off on the Republican side.

A variety of school board seats, commissioner slots, judges, tax collectors and a supervisor fill out the Lehigh County vote.

In Northampton County, nearly all big races are uncontested until November, including county executive and Bethlehem mayor.

Easton City Council has two spots in the spotlight. Four Democrats are vying for seats in Districts 2 and 3.

Aside from smaller borough mayoral races, school board, tax collector and supervisor slots, voters county-wide will need to pay attention to district judge races. Twenty-four candidates are vying for six seats.

Statewide judge races include Superior Court Judge, and Commonwealth Judge.

A political expert said for a mayoral race, the bigger the field, the bigger advantage for the incumbent and person with name recognition. We’ll see if that plays out tomorrow in Allentown.

A list of all the candidates running is available here.

69 News special election coverage begins Tuesday at 9 p.m. on WFMZ. We’ll have a team of reporters fanned out across the region bringing you updates on the races that matter to you.

We’ll be updating our website all night long too so stay with for the latest voter totals.