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July 06, 2015

In midst of federal probe, Allentown mayor suspends Senate campaign

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Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. Ed Pawlowski /Facebook

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawloski has suspended his campaign for the U.S. Senate following a federal probe into the city. 

The Morning Call reports that Pawlowski released a statement Monday evening in which he said the campaign would be put on hold as he assisted federal investigators and focused on governing the city.

Pawlowski announced the news after it was learned that FBI agents executed a search warrant on Thursday at several offices at Allentown City Hall, including the mayor's office, as part of a grand jury investigation.

The details of that investigation are still unclear, but Pawloski mentioned in his statement that it involves something to do with the city's contracting practices.

City solicitor Susan Wild said the city's administration was cooperating with the investigation and was "comfortable" with it, according to WFMZ. 

Pawlowski, a Democrat, is serving his third term in office. He announced in April that he would run for a Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat in 2016. The seat is held by Republican Pat Toomey, and Pawlowski looked to run against former U.S. House Representative Joe Sestak for the Democratic nomination.