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The Allentown City Council Members

Ray O'Connell - President

CHAIR:  Rules, Chambers Intergovernmental Relations and Strategy; Parks and Recreation, Public Works

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Ray O’Connell has resided in the City of Allentown for over 33 years with his wife, Mary Beth, and their 2 children, Brendan and Kaitlin (both graduates of the Allentown School District). He has worked in the Allentown School District most of his adult life.

From 1972- 1978, he was an Elementary Teacher at Mosser Elementary School.
From 1978 - 1982, he was the Assistant Principal at Raub Middle School.
From 1982 - 2001, he was the Principal at Trexler Middle School.
And from 2001 - 2007, he was the Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Allentown School District, where he supervised the 4 middle schools and 2 high schools in the District.

Ray has been a Member of the Allentown Recreation Commission for 20 years; a Member of the Allentown Human Relations Commission for 2 years; and has served on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors for several years.

Daryl L. Hendricks, Vice President

CHAIR:  Public Safety; Budget and Finance; Rules, Chambers, Intergovernmental Relations and Strategy

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Hendricks is a native and life-long resident of the City of Allentown and attended Allentown Public Schools. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lehigh County Community College where he was admitted to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In addition he has completed numerous degree courses from Muhlenberg College’s Wescoe School, along with various training and leadership development courses throughout his 38 year law enforcement career retiring as a Captain from the Allentown Police Department. In 1972 he was one of the original members of the newly created Police Cadet Program for the Allentown Police Department.

Daryl currently serves as 1st Vice President on the Board of Directors for “Dream Come True”, a local non-profit organization that grants dreams for seriously, chronically and terminally ill children in the Lehigh Valley. He formerly served for many years as a member of the Lehigh County Children and Youth Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the Lehigh County Child Advocacy Center. He was elected into the Union Terrace Hall of Fame as a Former Youth Baseball/Basketball Coach where he served for over ten years.

Daryl resides with his wife Marlene. They have two sons, Jeremy and Christopher (both graduates of the Allentown School District) also residing in Allentown.

Daryl is an avid bicyclist and enjoys riding through the scenic Lehigh Parkway.

Candida Affa,

CHAIR:  Human Resources, Administration, and Appointments; Parks and Recreation; Public Safety

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Candida Affa is a small business owner who dedicates her free time to volunteering and knows what it takes for businesses to succeed and for Allentown to thrive.

The owner of Candida’s Bar in Old Allentown for 35 years.

o-founded Fighting AIDS Continuously Together (FACT) of the Lehigh Valley in 1986 and has raised more than $2 million to support individuals and families affected by HIV.

Tutors and started programs that teach children how to keep their neighborhood clean and get good grades in school.

Vice Chair of the Allentown Parking Authority Board of Directors, serves as a member of the city’s Disruptive Conduct Board of Appeals and the Blighted Property Review Board.


Affa has lived in the City of Allentown for over 45 years and married her partner, Kim Danish of 25 years in December 2014. 


Julio A. Guridy - Councilperson

CHAIR:  Community and Economic Development; Budget and Finance; Rules, Chambers, Intergovernmental Relations and Strategy


Councilman Guridy has been a member of numerous community organizations in the Lehigh Valley and throughout Pennsylvania. Some of his involvements include: The Governors Advisory Commission on Latinos Affairs, President and founding member of Latin Alliance of the Lehigh Valley, Commissioner of the Allentown Housing Authority, Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Lehigh Valley, President and founder of the Latino Leadership Alliance of the L.V; President and founder Dominican Cultural Association of the L. V; President and founder Community Action Development Corporation, President of the Hispanic Business Council, Vice President of Latinos for a New Lehigh Valley, Secretary of the American Heart Association, Vice President Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, founding member of AIDSNET, Board of Directors of East Stroudsburg University Alumni Association, Vice President of the Neighborhood Housing Services of the L.V; Member of the Allentown Liberty Bell Rotary Club, and President of the Act 101 Advisory Board of Northampton County Community College, Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Member of the Allentown School District Empowerment Team, Board of Directors of Business Education Partnership, Board of Director of the Dominican National Round Table; and many more.

Councilman Guridy has been the recipient of many awards some of them include: Outstanding Dominican American by the President of the Dominican Republic and Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Washington, D. C., Citizen of the year in Pennsylvania by the Dominican Parade of Philadelphia southern NJ and Lehigh Valley; Distinguished Community Partnership Award by the Chamber of Commerce of the Greater L.V., Latino Business Pioneer by the Pennsylvania DCED , Honor in Support for Children by the Boys and Girls Club, National Dorothy Richardson Award by NRTI , Human Relations Award by Allentown Human Relations, Good Turn Award by The Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Outstanding Service Award by Allentown Lehigh County Chamber of Commerce, Community Service Award by ESU Upward Bound Program, Outstanding Young Hispanic by the CSSOLV, and the National Upward Bound Award, Mover and Shaker Award of Delaware and Lehigh Valley.

In 2001, Councilman Guridy was elected to Allentown City Council and reelected in 2005. Councilman Guridy is married to Mercedes Guridy, and they have three (3) children: Jeremy, Julian and Giovanni.

Roger MacLean,

CHAIR:  Public Works; Human Resources, Administration and Appointments; Public Safety

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Roger MacLean is a lifelong resident of the city of Allentown, graduating from William Allen High School.

Roger earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

Roger served 40 years with the Allentown Police Department, spending eight of his final years as Chief of Police. 

He is a graduate of both the FBI National Academy, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

Dedicating his life by giving back, Roger served on many boards which includes the Child Advocacy Center of the Lehigh Valley, and Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley.  He continues to serve on the Lehigh Carbon Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute Criminal Justice Advisory Board , the Lehigh County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and the Police Athletic League (PAL).

Roger has six children named Ryan, Morgan, Abigail, Jessica, Zachary, and Alyssa and is a grandfather to Lydia.

David K. McGuire  - Councilperson

Community and Economic Development; Public Works

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David K. McGuire, Ph.D. is a resident of the city of Allentown.

He graduated from Saint Vincent College with a degree in Chemistry and Mathematics.

After beginning his graduate studies in Chemistry at The Johns Hopkins University, he received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

After completing his education, David worked as a Chief Scientist and Project Manager in two businesses and was a Chemistry Professor at three colleges.

He is a member and chair of several community organizations:  The Sierra Club, Little Lehigh Creek Coalition, and served on the Environmental Advisory Council for the City of Allentown.  For ten years, he was a citizen observer at the Board meetings of the Bethlehem Water Authority.

David is married to Deborah Lane and has two adult sons. 

Cynthia Mota, Councilperson

CHAIR:  Parks and Recreation; Community and Economic Development; Human Resources, Administration and Appointments


Cynthia Mota was appointed to Allentown City Council in January of 2012, and brings a fresh, community service-based vision to her role as a Councilwoman and serves as a voice for all of Allentown.

Cynthia, who is of Dominican descent, moved to Allentown and attended Harrison-Morton Middle School. She is a proud graduate of Dieruff High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Spanish from East Stroudsburg University. She received a Master of Arts Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.

Cynthia began her career in human services while still in college, working as a mentor while studying at East Stroudsburg. After receiving her Master’s Degree, she worked as a Peer and Youth Counselor and a Tutor in the Highline School District in the Seattle, Washington area.

Cynthia then returned to the Lehigh Valley where she continued her work with adults, children, and families as a Family Counselor, Case Manager and Clinical Director for several area Community Service Organizations including NHS Human Services and the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Cynthia states: “I am what Allentown is today. We are a diverse community that can accomplish great things when we all work together. ” Her years of experience working with all ages in the human services sector as a counselor and coordinator provides her a unique connection with her constituents that helps her to better understand their concerns and needs.

Cynthia lives in Allentown with her husband, Alani, and their three children Ylaila, Alani Jr., and Cyani.