Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Democratic nominee for Bethlehem mayor may have a challenge from an independent candidate in November.
With one broken voting machine’s contents remaining to be deciphered, J. William Reynolds called Bob Donchez Wednesday afternoon to congratulate him on winning a hard-fought Democratic primary for Bethlehem mayor. Donchez, 63, who has served on City Council for more than 17 years, will more than likely become Bethlehem’s 12th mayor in January. However, while no Republican ran for a mayoral nomination, a retired Moravian Academy teacher, Bruce Sigmon, told The Express Times on Wednesday that he will run as an independent in the November general election. Councilman Reynolds’ concession came more than 18 hours after the polls closed Tuesday night. Donchez held a slim but consistent lead as votes were tallied. However, Reynolds was …
With voting machine problems in Reynolds' home precinct, he's not conceding and Donchez is not claiming victory.
City Councilman Bob Donchez appears to be the man Bethlehem voters have picked, by a slim margin, to be the city's next mayor. But as he and opponent J. William Reynolds wrapped up their election night parties after midnight, neither side was ready to close the book on the Democratic primary outcome. Reynolds did not concede and Donchez did not claim victory. At issue were apparent problems with a voting machine in Reynolds' home precinct. A voting machine in the city's 9th Ward, 3rd Precinct malfunctioned and was even carted out and replaced during the course of the day, according to Councilman Michael Recchiuti, the city Democratic Party chairman. The Reynolds campaign believes that, as a result, not all of the votes cast in Reynolds' …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Democratic primary will likely decide who Bethlehem's next mayor will be, Bob Donchez or J. William Reynolds.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Councilman J. William Reynolds endorsed by Mayor John Callahan and state Rep. Steve Samuelson. Councilman Bob Donchez calls mayor 'the ultimate hypocrite.'
UPDATED: 9:05 p.m. Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan endorsed City Councilman J. William Reynolds to be the next mayor of the city at a campaign rally before about 100 supporters in Payrow Plaza next to City Hall on Friday afternoon. “This city has always turned to a culture of invigorating leadership as opposed to a more cautious, status quo, stand pat, ‘let’s test the winds’ kind of approach,” Callahan said. “That was true when Don Cunningham was elected at the age of 31, 15 years ago. It was true when I was elected at the age of 34, ten years ago. “On those occasions, every time, the insiders tried to falsely scare the voters by portraying youth as somehow irresponsible or inherently reckless.” The mayor criticized Reynolds’ opponent, Bob…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
In last debate between Bethlehem mayoral candidates, Donchez says he has 'no apologies' for campaign mailers.
In their last scheduled face-to-face meeting before Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Bethlehem's mayoral candidates continued to argue over negative campaigning. J. William Reynolds charged that Bob Donchez had spent more than $100,000 on negative advertisements against him. Donchez countered that “95 or 96 percent” of his campaign mailers have been positive. The ones that were not, Donchez said, were a legitimate effort to educate the voters on Reynolds’ record. “If he thinks that 95 percent of his ads were positive, I’m not sure we want him in charge at City Hall because there’s a math problem there,” Reynolds said. The last debate between the two City Council colleagues who want to be mayor was Thursday afternoon in the Grand Ballroom of…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Fellow City Council members Bob Donchez and J. William Reynolds seek the Democratic nomination for Bethlehem mayor in the May 21 primary.
Two incumbent Bethlehem city councilmen—Bob Donchez and J. William Reynolds—are seeking the Democratic Party nomination to be the city’s next mayor. Donchez, 63, is serving his fifth term on council. He is a retired teacher who worked for 35 years in the Allentown School District and most recently served as a legislative aide to state Reps. Joe Brennan and Dan McNeill in the 133rd Legislative District. Reynolds, 31, is serving his second term on council. He is currently a social studies teacher at William Allen High School in Allentown. Before then, he was the chief legislative aide to state Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-135. The winner of the primary will likely be the next mayor of Bethlehem. No Republicans—or any other candidates—have …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Bob Donchez and J. William Reynolds will discuss their vision for the city with Alan Jennings on WDIY, 88.1-FM, on Thursday.
Democratic mayoral candidates J. William Reynolds and Bob Donchez will be featured on WDIY, 88.1-FM’s weekly public affairs program, Lehigh Valley Discourse, on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. The weekly program on the Bethlehem-based public radio station is hosted by Alan Jennings, executive director of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, a non-profit anti-poverty agency. A news release from the radio station said Jennings and the two candidates will discuss their vision for the city in a program that will have a “relaxed, conversational style.” That would be a departure from the last two tense debates the city councilmen had last week in front of the League of Women Voters of Northampton County and the Bethlehem City …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
City Councilman J. William Reynolds is one of two candidates in the Democratic primary for mayor of Bethlehem. The primary is Tuesday, May 21.
Wednesday, May 1
Bethlehem Mayoral Race Candidate: J. William Reynolds Age: 31 Family: My parents are John and Rachel Reynolds, both professors. They raised me and my 4 siblings—Scott, Molly, Joey, and Elizabeth—right here in Bethlehem. We grew up right across the street from Liberty High School. Political party affiliation: Democrat Tell us about your educational background: I attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Northeast Middle School. I graduated from Liberty High School in 1999 and then went on to Moravian College. I majored in political science, minored in history and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003. Tell us about your professional/business background: I started out my professional career working as a Legislative Aide in the …
City Councilman Bob Donchez is one of two candidates in the Democratic primary for Bethlehem mayor. The primary is Tuesday, May 21.
Wednesday, May 1
Bethlehem Mayoral Race Candidate: Bob Donchez Age: 63 Family: Wife, Jayne A Donchez; Son, Robert M Donchez; Daughter, Kristen Donchez McGinley Political party affiliation: Democrat Tell us about your educational background: Liberty High School, 1968; Kutztown State University, December 1972; Graduate Courses Tell us about your professional/business background: Educator for thirty five years in the Allentown School District. Serve on many community and civic boards and organizations. Why are you running for Bethlehem mayor? I believe my extensive government experience combined with a lifetime of problem solving as an educator, husband and father, offers experienced mature leadership for Bethlehem. I believe my progressive platform for …
Reynolds accuses Donchez of 'dirty politics.' Donchez says Reynolds 'attacked my integrity first.'
Bethlehem’s two mayoral candidates took verbal swings at one another during a debate Tuesday night as each claimed the other was the first to take a cheap shot in what has become a heated Democratic primary contest between two members of City Council. In the debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Northampton County at PBS39 headquarters, J. William Reynolds came out swinging first, charging during his opening statement that “dirty politics has dominated” Bob Donchez’s mayoral campaign. By the end of the evening, Donchez alleged that Reynolds had attacked his integrity first. Much of the cheap shots argument centered on Donchez campaign mailers, some of which, Reynolds said, were attempts to “smear” him. “We’re in a spirited …