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Judge rules in favor of woman who said she was pressured to withdraw from Allentown City Council race

By Jamie Peter, WFMZ.com Reporter, JPeter@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 10 2013 04:38:39 PM CDT
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A local woman who claimed she was pressured to withdraw from the running for Allentown City Council will be allowed to run.

A Lehigh County judge ruled Wednesday that Kimberly Velez will appear on the ballot of Allentown City Council.

She will appear in the last position on the ballot, an agreement she made.

Velez, 28, said she was contacted by attorney Timothy Brennan who, she says, identified himself as a representative of the Lehigh County Democratic Party and questioned her regarding her residency and the validity of the signatures on her petition.  She says he advised her to drop out of the race in order to avoid a costly court hearing.

She says she withdrew her petition at the lawyer's request because she wasn't financially prepared to go to court.

Last month, Brennan told 69 News he did contact Velez to discuss her filing, but says he did not claim he was with the county or the Democratic Party. He says he was following up on objections raised by a registered Democratic voter from the city of Allentown, whom he declined to identify.

Velez is a manager of marketing and public affairs for Lehigh Valley Health Network who previously lived in Salisbury Township but moved in with a cousin to have an Allentown residence.

Our calls to Timothy Brennan were not returned.