Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Incumbent David Jones beats challenger Juan P. Camacho for the Democratic nomination to a Lehigh County commissioner seat in a district that includes part of Bethlehem.
Incumbent David Jones beat challenger Juan P. Camacho for the Democratic nomination for the Lehigh County board's District 3 seat, according to unofficial tallies from Lehigh County. District 3 includes all the Lehigh County portions of Bethlehem. Jones had 1,525 votes to Camacho's 1,104. According to a Voters Guide posted online by the League of Women Voters: —Jones is an executive administrative pastor and has served on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners for seven years. —Camacho is a lawyer. He has served on the Allentown Human Relations Commission for a year and on the board of the Lehigh County Bar Association, Renew Lehigh Valley and Casa Guadalupe Center. No Republicans sought their party's nomination to the district seat. So…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Republican Dean Browning concedes defeat to Scott Ott for their party's nomination for Lehigh County executive in Tuesday's primary, according to unofficial vote tallies.
Republican Scott Ott apparently beat challenger Dean Browning for the GOP nomination for Lehigh County Executive, according to unofficial tallies. Ott, a Lehigh County commissioner, will now face the apparent Democratic nominee, Tom Muller, who was named acting county executive last week, in the November general election. Browning, of South Whitehall, conceded the race about 10 p.m. at a gathering at the Buckeye Tavern in Macungie. He had been trying to make a political comeback after having been ousted as a county commissioner two years ago. He campaigned hard, airing TV commercials and emailing campaign messages. According to tallies reported on wfmz.com, Ott, of Lower Macungie, had 5,688 votes with 83 percent of the precincts reporting…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Incumbent David Jones faces a challenge from Juan P. Camacho for the Democratic nomination to a Lehigh County commissioner seat in a District that includes part of Bethlehem.
Incumbent Lehigh County Commissioner David Jones faces a challenge from Juan P. Camacho for the Democratic nomination for the county board's District 3 seat. The primary is Tuesday. District 3 includes all the Lehigh County portions of Bethlehem. According to a Voters Guide posted online by the League of Women Voters: —Jones is an executive administrative pastor and has served on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners for seven years. —Camacho is a lawyer. He has served on the Allentown Human Relations Commission for a year and on the board of the Lehigh County bar association, Renew Lehigh Valley and Casa Guadalupe Center. The primary is Tuesday. No Republicans are seeking their party's nomination to the District seat. So unless there …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
No Republicans file nominating petitions for mayor; hot dog vendor runs for City Council; Councilwoman Jean Belinski will not seek re-election after 16 years.
Democratic City Councilmen Bob Donchez and J. William Reynolds are the only official candidates for Bethlehem mayor, according to an unofficial list of candidates released by the Northampton County Election Office. The deadline for filing nominating petitions was Tuesday. Barring any write-in campaigns, the whole issue of who will replace John Callahan as the city’s 12th mayor could be decided on May 21, Primary Election Day. With the mayor’s office, city controller’s office and four City Council chairs up for grabs, only one registered Republican – Chris Morales – filed nominating papers. It has been at least a decade since a Republican was on City Council and 15 years since the last Republican mayor, Ken Smith, left office. Republican …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Tom Carroll announces his candidacy for the Northampton County judgeship currently held by Leonard Zito, who has sued Pennsylvania to stop mandatory retirement at age 70.
Monday, February 4
An attorney from Bethlehem has announced that he will run for Northampton County judge, citing 25 years of legal experience. However, Tom Carroll is running for a seat currently being held by a man who does not want to let it go – and has sued the state to keep it. Judge Leonard Zito turned 70 on Jan. 26, which means that under Pennsylvania law he is required to retire by the end of this year. But Zito and five other Pennsylvania judges have sued in Commonwealth Court, claiming that the mandatory retirement age violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I of the state Constitution. It is unclear how the lawsuit might affect the election that would otherwise replace …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Bethlehem City Councilman Dave DiGiacinto said his private and public sector business experience make him 'uniquely qualified' to become controller.
Bethlehem City Councilman Dave DiGiacinto announced his candidacy today for city controller. In a news release, DiGiacinto said he is running for controller because he believes that his combined private sector business and his local government financial experience make him uniquely qualified to oversee the city of Bethlehem's $72 million budget. DiGiacinto said that his priority as controller would be to ensure that Bethlehem has an independent review of the financial activities of the city. A Democrat, DiGiacinto is in the last year of his one elected term to City Council. He ran for controller in 2007 and lost a hard-fought special election campaign to Republican Meg Holland. DiGiacinto was one of six men who applied to be appointed …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Mayoral hopeful Bob Donchez says Bethlehem needs "strong, experienced and mature" leadership.
City Councilman Bob Donchez officially launched his campaign for mayor this morning, touting his 17 years of experience in city government in front of about 150 supporters at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. “Bethlehem … like most cities faces challenges. Strong, experienced and mature leadership will be needed,” Donchez said. “I believe my past leadership and my vision for the future can and will continue to move Bethlehem forward.” Donchez said he intends to outline his vision for the city over the course of the campaign, but outlined his four top priorities: “a fiscally responsible and transparent city government, strong public safety, smart economic development and thriving and safe neighborhoods.” If elected, Donchez said he will …
Friday, January 25, 2013
After a narrow miss in 2009, Scott Ott runs again for Lehigh County's top job.
Scott Ott, 51, a fiscally conservative Republican, told supporters and friends on Jan 24 that he will again run Lehigh County Commissioner in the fall. Ott is making his second attempt for the county's top job which narrowly eluded him in 2009 when, as an unknown, he came within 900 votes of beating seasoned Democratic politico Don Cunningham. He is currently a Lehigh County Commissioner, a position to which he was elected in 2011. “I am running for Lehigh County executive because I want to make our local government more accountable to the taxpayers who fund it and more effective for the people it serves.” Ott said in a written announcement. “I have spent my time on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners fighting for reforms that reduced…
Monday, January 7, 2013
J. William Reynolds says on Facebook that he will announce run for mayor on Tuesday. Campaign website already up and running.
Bethlehem City Councilman J. William Reynolds is running for mayor. Reynolds is planning a formal news conference to announce the run on Tuesday, but previewed the announcement on his personal Facebook page Sunday night. “My family and I have always loved the City of Bethlehem and understood the value of public service. With that in mind, I am proud to announce that I will be formally declaring my candidacy to be the next Mayor of Bethlehem on Tuesday January 8th,” the post said. “As the campaign unfolds in the coming days and weeks, I would appreciate any support you and your family may be able to provide. Please like our official campaign page and check out my new website at www.jwilliamreynolds.net!” A Democrat, Reynolds became the …