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VOTERS GUIDE Nov. 2017

VOTERS GUIDE 2017

The League of Women Voters in publishing this material neither endorses nor rejects the views of any candidate quoted, and does not assume responsibility for the content of any candidate's reply.

Candidates appear in ballot order. Democrats are listed first in each race, as Pennsylvania currently has a Democratic governor. Where candidates are on both ballots, the Democratic ballot order is used. Only candidates in contested races were asked to provide information. Misspellings have not been corrected by the League of Women Voters. /// indicates a candidate exceeded the allowed word limit.

District Judge

DISTRICT JUDGE

The District Justice is the Court of the first instance. It is a small claims court which has jurisdiction up to $8000 and handles all criminal and traffic cases that arise in the district.
They preside over arraignments and can fix and accept bail on criminal cases not involving murder or voluntary manslaughter.
The following was asked of magisterial candidates: What does the phrase "judicial independence" mean to you?

Salary: $88,290
Term: 6 years
Vote for one

District 03-1-04

City of Bethlehem Ward

Democratic/Republican
VIVIAN ZUMAS

District 03-2-04
Hellertown; Lower Saucon Township

Democratic/Republican

District 03-2-11
City of Bethlehem, Wards 5, 15, 16, 17: Freemansburg

Democrat
NICK ENGLESSON
http://www.FaceBook.NickEnglessonforDistrictJudge
BORN: 1954
EDUCATION: Franklin and Marshall College, Bachelors in Government, 1976; University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1979.
OCCUPATION: Attorney
QUALIFICATIONS: Judicial Law Clerk + Northampton County Court; Northampton County Assistant District Attorney and Special Deputy Attorney General, 17 years. Juvenile Dependency Court, Judicial Hearing Officer, 8 years.
RESPONSE: Judicial independence means making decisions based solely on the facts and circumstances of each case, and not on allegiance to any political faction or government official. I believe in a sensible, and not rigid, application of the law. I was selected by the Northampton Court as a Judicial Special Master because of my reputation for integrity and independence as a lawyer, and have followed the Judicial Code of Ethics as the Court's hearing officer.

Republican
JON WHITTINGTON
Jonwhittingfordistrictjudge@facebook
BORN: 1970
EDUCATION: 2013-presenr, Certified by Pennsylvania Crime and Commission; 2017-present, The "ONLY" candidate certified by the PA Minor Judiciary.
OCCUPATION: Pennsylvania State Constable for your district.
QUALIFICATIONS: The "ONLY" State Certified candidate by the Pennsylvania Minor Judiciary; Supports New Bethany Ministries, Big Brothers and Special Olympics; Your neighbor, family man and trained Peace Officer.
RESPONSE: The people elect and trust a judicial nominee to obey, respect and apply the law according to the Rules of Court, the Pennsylvania Constitution and the United States Constitution. As a public servant for the Judicial Branch you are held to a higher standard. I will with integrity remain respectful, impartial, fair, honest, NOT favor any political affiliation, NOT let outsiders or personal views influence any of my judgements for all persons appearing before me.

Independent
TODD J. NICKISHER
BORN: 1969
EDUCATION: Liberty High School; Susquehanna University, B.A.; Delaware Law School, J.D.
OCCUPATION: Attorney & part time Adjunct Professor
QUALIFICATIONS: Member of Bar since 1998; Asst. District Attorney, Philadelphia, 12 years, where I handled tens of thousands of cases; Private practice attorney, 6 years, representing clients in civil and criminal matters; Adjunct professor, 13 years, teaching various legal subjects.
RESPONSE: Judicial independence is not an issue that often arises at the magisterial level. In general, all judges should have a thorough understanding of the law based on legal education and practice experience. Additionally, a judge should not be beholden to anything but the fair application of the law to all parties entering his courtroom.

District 03-2-12
City of Easton Wards 7 & 8: Wilson; West Easton Boroughs

Democratic/Republican
RICHARD H. YETTER III

District 03-3-02
Bushkill Twp.; Moore Twp-Eastern & Phillips Districts; Plainfield Twp.- Districts Belfast, Kesslerville & Chapman; Wind Gap- Plainfield Church Districts

Democratic/Republican
DOUGLAS SCHLEGEL, Sr.

District 03-3-03
Lower Mt. Bethel Twp.; Plainfield Twp.-Delabole District; Upper Mt. Bethel Twp, Washington Twp.; Bangor; East Bangor; Pen Argyl; Portland; Roseto

Democratic/Republican
ALICIA R. ZITO

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

Candidates appear in ballot order. Democrats are listed first in each race, as Pennsylvania currently has a Democratic governor. Where candidates are on both ballots, the Democratic ballot order is used.
Only candidates in contested races were asked to provide information.

The following was asked of all county and municipal candidates: STATE YOUR EDUCATION, OCCUPATION, QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE JOB, and answer the question "WHAT DO YOU VIEW AS THE MAJOR ISSUE IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS IT"?

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

Shall Stephen G. Baratta be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas Judicial District #3, Northampton County? (Term: 10 years)

Vote "Yes" or "No"

COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Term: 4 years. Vote for one

Democrat
LAMONT G. McClure
http://www.lamontmcclure.com
BORN: 1970
EDUCATION: Dequesne University School of Law (J.D. 1995); Wilkes University C.B.A. 1992.
OCCUPATION: Attorney. I represent men and women who were made sick by the largest corporations in the world! It is my honor to fight for the little guy every day!!
QUALIFICATIONS: For nearly a decade on County Council, I represented District 3. For most of my service I was Chairman of the Legal & Judicial Comm.; I also served a term as Chairman of Council's Finance Comm. I am especially proud that during my council service I never voted to raise your property taxes.
RESPONSE: We need to protect senior citizens, preserve our farmland and create good paying jobs with family sustaining wages. I have a plan to protect seniors by not raising property taxes over the next four years. I will keep Gracedale County owned and I will restore a vigorous farmland preservation program.

Republican
JOHN BROWN
http://brownforexecutive.com
BORN: 1961
EDUCATION: Bangor High School; Bachelor of Science Microbiology University of Notre Dame; Statistics, Accounting; Lehigh University; Economics, Moravian College
OCUPATION: Northampton County Executive
QUALIFICATIONS: Northampton County Executive, 3 years and 10 months; Mayor of Bangor Borough, 4 years; Mayor of the year 2011 by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
RESPONSE: Protecting taxpayers. I am restoring fiscal responsibility to county government by systematically eliminating waste and have achieved the following in just 4 years: Eliminated all deficit spending; cut $ 50 million in waste; Tripled financial reserves; No tax increase proposed in any budget; Eliminated $20 million taxpayer funded losses at Gracedale; Gracedale profitable in 2016, 1st time in eight years; Project $ 17 million savings in bridge replacement costs; Saved $ 7.6 million in healthcare.

COUNTY COUNCIL
AT LARGE
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than five

Democrat

RONALD R. HECKMAN
BORN: 1949
EDUCATION: Northampton High School, 1967; East Stroudsburg University, 1971-B.A.; East Stroudsburg University, 1989-M.Ed.
OCCUPATION: Retired/volunteer; Member + Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority; Member + Steering Committee of Lehigh Valley Alliance for Aging.
QUALIFICATIONS: Former Northampton County Councilman, 8 years; Former Northampton County Director of Human Services, 8 years; Served on numerous boards and authorities
RESPONSE: The core responsibility of county government is services. Sources of county funding from the state and federal government are stagnant or being cut. The ability of the county to deal with inevitable increases in demand for county services with these limitations is the challenge. The county cannot simply transfer this tax burden to local property owners.
I have the knowledge and experience to reform county systems and work smarter while protecting taxpayers from unreasonable burdens.

WILLIAM McGEE
http://www.megeefornorthampton.com
BORN: 1964
EDUCATION: Liberty High School (1982) US Navy Accountant; Bachelors in Labor Education.
OCCUPATION: Business Manager
QUALIFICATIONS: Manage daily operations of a construction union; Oversight of their self-funded healthcare plan, and pension plan; Negotiates contracts and manages budgets; Board member of the Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environmental Committee.
RESPONSE: If elected, I will focus on the following issues: Proper support and funding of Gracedale, to ensure quality care for our Seniors; Support Open Space initiatives, to preserve the beauty & history of Northampton County; Fiscal responsibility: we must be vigilant & mindful of the burden taxes put on our citizens; Foster opportunities for economic growth that encourages smart Economic Development, while maintaining quality of life in our communities

TARA M. ZRINSKI
http://friendsoftarazrinski.com
BORN: 1975
EDUCATION: Freedom H. S. 1993; Drew University1997, BA (Philosophy/English); Moravian Theological Seminary 2005, 2007 (MATS, MAPS)
OCCUPATION: Adjunct Professor, Philosophy, Northampton Community College; Solar City, Fields Energy Consultant.
QUALIFICATIONS: Former local coordinator, Food and Water Watch 2014 -2017; Director LifeSpan Faith Development 2005-2010.
RESPONSE: Keeping taxes stable and creating good-paying jobs is important and can be accomplished by making Northampton County more attractive for new businesses, tech start ups and renewable energy. Preserving our open spaces and farmland is imperative for our county as we seek ways to responsibly develop the land. Addressing the opioid crisis is another priority that is critical to making our communities safer and to helping those families who have been touched by addiction.

LORI VARGO HEFFNER
BORN: 1960
EDUCATION: West Hazelton High School graduate 1978; Moravian College 1982 BA Clinical Psychology; Kutztown University of PA 1985 MA Counseling; Temple University 2001 EdM Adult and Organizational Development.
OCCUPATION: Psychotherapist at Affiliates in Clinical Services, Philipsburg, NJ. QUALIFICATIONS: 32 years experience in health and human services, written and managed local, state, and federal grant projects, worked in public and private sector ///
RESPONSE: I believe that good government is transparent, efficient, and effective. I bring good energy, and an ability to listen to needs, opinions, and use information to solve problems. I will serve the people of Northampton County by preserving farmland and open space, filling gaps in the health and human services to meet their needs, and not raise taxes. There are many funding sources that are untapped that would diminish the need to burden taxpayers.

PETER MELAN
http://petermelon.com
BORN: 1974
EDUCATION: Graduate Easton High School, 1993; B.A. Moravian College, 1998.
OCCUPATION: Consultant
QUALIFICATIONS: Former Chairman, Easton Zoning Hearing Board; Former Chairman, Easton Civil Service Commission; Member: Easton City Council, Public Safety Liaision; Lehigh Valley Hospital Paramedic Advisory Committee; Lehigh Valley Affordable Housing Committee; Easton Main Street Advisory Board; Greater Valley YMCA Advisory Board
RESPONSE Infrastructure investment and strengthening economic development are two vital components to help build the future of our communities and residents. Tapping into state transportation grants that are currently available will maintain the tax base and help repair our deteriorating infrastructure. With a sound economic development plan, attracting business to invest in our county will only help increase the tax revenue and allow for reinvestment of funds currently available, resulting in additional economic growth.

Republican

PEG FERRARO
BORN: 1939
EDUCATION: Nazareth Area High School; Kutztown University; Lehigh University
OCCUPATION: Retired Teacher NASD; Current member of Northampton County Council
QUALIFICATIONS: Former Upper Nazareth Township Supervisor and Treasurer: Planning Commission: Zoning Hearing Board : incumbent member of Northampton County Council
RESPONSE: Financial stability is always a balancing act when working with taxpayer dollars. Because the County is the local government arm that handles Human Services and all other needs of the citizens of the County, the demands are never ending. The County is in the best financial shape that it has been in many years. Yes, the County is responsible for bridges, many of which are in bad condition. An innovative program to replace 33 bridges under an approved PennDot public private partnership is an outstanding strategic move spearheaded by our Executive John Brown along with County Council and the Northampton County General Purpose Authority. This is just one example of thinking outside the box that has made these past four years unique.

HAYDEN R. PHILLIPS
http://www.electhaydenphillips.com
BORN: 1953
EDUCATION: BS. Mansfield State University 1975; MBA Lehigh University 1980
OCCUPATION: Retired Hewlett Packard, P/T Adjunct Instructor Penn State.
QUALIFICATIONS: Business experience managing large international IT programs; USMC experience in key leadership and staff positions; Current County Councilman; Chair Northampton County's Capital Projects and Operations Committee; Commissioner Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
RESPONSE: PA is unstable, with a history of missed budgets and deficit spending. This will negatively impact the county. Also, the state may take action that reduces the casino revenue available. In this uncertainty, Northampton County is a financial rock. During my term we have a history of timely, balanced budgets, reduced costs and a funded capital plan. After years of running millions in the red, Gracedale is profitable. We can't go back!

GLENN GEISSINGER
http://www.geissengerforcouncil.com
BORN: 1965
EDUCATION: Graduate Whitehall HS (NHS) 1983; Lehigh University ROTC DMG (Distinguished Military Graduate); Moravian College, B.A. Accounting OCCUPATION: Advertising Executive
QUALIFICATIONS: Have served last four years on Council, 3 of those as V.P.; 4 years Chair Finance Committee; member of Personal Committee (4 years); Retirement Board (4 years); Open Space and Farmland Preservation (2 years).
RESPONSE: The major issue of this campaign, in my view, is Do the citizens of Northampton County want to continue the policies of the last four years that have made Gracedale self sustaining, brought financial stability to the county, insured revenue neutral budgeting and brought about major infrastructure repair, while maintaining or improving other services or not.

SETH VAUGHN
http://www.votesethvaughn.com
BORN: 1981
EDUCATION: Freedom High School, 2000; B.S. Economics, Penn State University, 2004; Masters Degree, DeSales University, 2010
OCCUPATION: Physician Assistant, Clinical Care Consultant
QUALIFICATIONS: Tax preparation for multi-national companies; Worked with government contractors to assist local government with infrastructure improvement projects in Iraq; Northampton County Councilman: Vice-President (2016) and Chairman of the Human Services Committees; Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation member.
RESPONSE: Our human services department is one of the finest departments across the state. We are as a nation faced with a growing epidemic of Heroin abuse. One of the biggest challenges is how to combat this problem head on. As chairman of the Human Services Committee, and a healthcare provider, I pledge to provide the support to our departments and continue to expand programs to help our fellow citizens overcome their addictions.

RON ANGLE
BORN: 1945
EDUCATION: Bangor High School; U.S. Marines
OCCUPATION: Farmer
QUALIFICATIONS: Portland Councilman, 6 years; Bangor School Board, 12 years; Upper Mt. Bethel Twp Supervisor, 6 years; Northampton County Council, 12 years. RESPONSE: We need Council members who advocate for county taxpayers' concerns. For years as a member of Council, including serving as Council President, I fought hard to hold the line on taxes and spending. I do my homework, and have extensive experience with budgets. I will speak out on behalf of those who can least afford tax increases, while ensuring that our most vulnerable + children and the elderly + are provided with necessary county services.

Northampton Cities

CITY OF BETHLEHEM

MAYOR
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
ROBERT J.DONCHEZ

Republican
No candidates

CITY COUNCIL- AT LARGE
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than four

Democrat
OLGA NEGRON.
BRYAN CALLAHAN
ERIC EVANS
ADAM R.WALDRON

Republican
No candidates

CITY OF EASTON- MAYOR
Term: 4 years

No candidates

CITY COUNCIL
District 1
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
ROGER RUGGLES

Republican
No candidates

District 2
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
JIM EDINGER

Republican
No candidates

District 3
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
SANDRA ALERCIA VULCANO

Republican
No candidates

Townships

TOWNSHIPS

All candidates were asked "WHAT DO YOU VIEW AS THE MAJOR ISSUE IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS IT?"

ALLEN
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat
ALFRED S. PIERCE
BORN: 1946
EDUCATION: BA Lafayette; MA, PhD Lehigh; JD Temple.
OCCUPATION: Attorney
QUALIFICATIONS: Township Supervisor, Township Planner, Municipal Solicitor. RESPONSE: Municipal regulation is a necessary evil. Recognize the necessity, control the evil.

Republican

GERALD MONTANARI No reply

BRUCE A. FRACK
No reply

BETHLEHEM
TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONER

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Ward 2

Democrat
MICHAL HUDAK

Republican
No candidates

Ward 3
Term: 2 years

Democrat
JOHN K. GALLAGHER
BORN: 1947
EDUCATION: B. Arch, Cooper Union, 1970
OCCUPATION: Retired architect
QUALIFICATIONS: 33 years in private practice, 24 of which was running his own firm. 11 years with NYC Department of Buildings in administrative position ending as Acting Borough Commissioner for Brooklyn, NY dealing with planning, zoning & building code issues.
RESPONSE: Responsive local government regarding: better storm water management, smart growth, usable parks, sustainability, and careful spending. I intend to regularly reach out to the citizens of the township to listen to their concerns and serve in the interest of all.

REPUBLICAN

HOWARD L.KUTZLER
BORN: 1965
EDUCATION: Graduate Northampton Area High School, 1983; B.A. West Virginia University, 1987
OCCUPATION: Land Planning Manager
QUALIFICATIONS: 30 years of combined Executive/Senior level government experience. Township Manager for both South Whitehall and Bethlehem Townships, Planning Director for Bethlehem Township, Senior Community Planner for the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
RESPONSE: Bethlehem Township is in a position, like many municipalities, with level revenue and ever increasing costs along with a demand for more services. Raising taxes and fees is not an immediate answer to this major issue. I pledge to work with the Board of Commissioners and the Public to manage this issue and to ensure that the Township is "living within its means" while continuing to provide reasonable expected services.

Ward 4
Democrat

PHILIP GREIESHABER
No reply

Republican

JOHN MERHOTTEIN
http://www.JohnForCommissoner.com
BORN: 1970
EDUCATION: Raritan Valley Community College, Business Management; Chubb Institute of Technology, Computer Programming.
OCCUPATION: Systems Engineer, TBL Services
QUALIFICATIONS: Project Management experience. Non-Commissioned Officer United States Marine Corps and actively attend Township budget & Commissioners meetings.
RESPONSE: Township residents feel strongly about several issues, the Library and Community Center among them. I would present the facts (how many residents use the library and what the revenue and expenses for the Community Center are) so that township residents can make informed decisions. With revenue becoming flat and expenses rising, I will always vote for a balanced budget, fiscally irresponsible not to. I would also present our budget in an easier-to-understand format.

BUSHKILL
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years;
Vote for not more than two

Democrat and Republican

JULIANNE BENDER
CAROLYN HILL

EAST ALLEN
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat

ERIC T. YOCUM
No reply

MADELYN KEMP
BORN: 1944
EDUCATION: Graduate Northampton High School, 1961
OCCUPATION: Currently working as a part time temp for a local business
QUALIFICATIONS: East Allen Township Supervisor, 5 years; Northampton School Board member, 8 years; Past Matron/Past Deputy Grand Matron, Order of the Eastern Star, Masonic Fraternity; Member of Harmony Grange, and the D.A.R.
RESPONSE: One of the major issues in East Allen Township is moving our Township forward and still maintaining the rural landscape we now enjoy and still being conscious of spending tax payer dollars wisely. I am an advocate of farmland preservation and will do everything possible to keep our residents safe. I definitely believe in government of the people, by the people, for the people and will have an open door policy at all times.

Republican

GEORGIANN HUNSICKER
BORN: 1957
EDUCATION: Graduated Dieruff H.S. 1975; Lehigh County Community College; Labor Law and Issues thru Lehigh Valley Labor Council
OCCUPATION: Penna. Dept. of Agriculture Field Represent.
QUALIFICATIONS: Resident of Township for 20 years; AFSCME 2592 Local President and Board of Directors President; Governor appointed Learned Labor Leader for United Way for SECA campaign.
RESPONSE: .Work, listen and serve the people in my township. Keeping land preserved, not changing agriculture use to commercial use; not highering taxes by applying for state grants; vote against building more warehouses; work on traffic issues & rebuild infrastructure. to keep our residents safe. I definitely believe in government of the people, by the people, for the people and will have an open door policy at all times.

DON HEINEY
.donheiney2017.com
BORN: 1952
EDUCATION: Parkland High School, 1970; Ryder Technical Institute, 1973
OCCUPATION: IT Professional (semi-retired)
QUALIFICATIONS: Board of Supervisors; Municipal Authority, chairman; Planning Commission, chairman, Board of Auditors, chairman; Board of the First Regional Compost Authority; LVPC Certified Citizen Planner (Community Planning, Zoning Administration, Subdivision and Land Development Review, Creating and Developing a Comprehensive Plan)
RESPONSE: The primary issue in this campaign is the proper use of zoning laws and how they relate to the development of warehouse facilities within our township. How would I address this issue? Use the State Municipal Code, local zoning laws along with East Allen's and the LVPC's Comprehensive Plans to work with the developers to provide projects we can all live with while still gaining the much needed improvements to our infrastructure.

Independent

ROBERT M. MILLS
BORN: 1961
EDUCATION: Northampton Area High School + 1979; United Stated Navy Nuclear Reactor Operator - 1987; Northampton County Community College, A.A.S. - 1990; Penn State University, B.S. + 1992.
OCCUPATION: Director of Worldwide Field Service, Akrion Systems LLC
QUALIFICATIONS: Born and raised in East Allen Township; I have been representing township residents as an acting Supervisor since March 2017 due to an in-term vacancy. I was selected by the Board from 8 interviewees. I currently manage, support, and service global customers to resolve customer complaints to achieve win-win solutions.
RESPONSE: Effectively manage and maintain the quality of life for township residents. Our township is primarily rural; consisting of residential and agricultural activities. Explosive construction within adjacent municipalities has placed a severe burden on our infrastructure. Additionally, we have seen an increase in rezoning requests. We, the township representatives, must consistently work together with residents to create a balance between our quality of life, our ability to maintain the current infrastructure, and make improvements where needed.

No Party

CHRISTOPHER WHITLEY
No reply

FORKS
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years; Vote for one

Democrat

EDWARD W. KEEGAN
BORN: 1987
EDUCATION: B.S. Biology, Iowa State; M.A. Education, Rutgers; Ed.D. Education, Rutgers.
OCCUPATION: Retired Superintendent of Schools, Currently an Adjunct instructor at L.C.C.C.
QUALIFICATIONS: Chief School Administrator 6 years; experience in budgeting, personell management, strategic planning, contract negotiations & policy issues.
RESPONSE: Forks Township continues to struggle with revenues/expenditures and a lack of imagination/vision. Our township also suffers from truck traffic coming from surrounding townships. If we continue to tread water financially, we will lose our status as a great place to live & grow.

Republican

DANIEL J. MARTYAK
No reply

HANOVER
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat
SUSAN A. LAWLESS

Republican
JOH D. NAGLE

LEHIGH TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years;
Vote for not more than two

Democrat and Republican

CINDY MILLER
MICHAEL F. JONES

Term: 4 years
Vote for 1

Democrat

JEFFREY A. DOLL
No reply

PHILIP GOGEL
BORN: not given
EDUCATION: Northampton County Community College (Bio./Chem.); Berks Career & Technology Center (Electrical Journeyman Program, 4 years) U.S. Marine Corp 1988-1992; Lodge 637
OCCUPATION: not given
QUALIFICATIONS: My work experience provided me with an opportunity to master many skills. I have worked in the manufacturing and industrial environment for approximately 25+ years and have had the opportunity to serve in different capacities, such as being a Union Rep., Serving on a board for contract negotiations, to leadership roles in Non Union positions. Also, while serving in the Marine Corps I have worked both as a leader and team member.
RESPONSE: As a longtime resident of Lehigh Township with many family and friends in the area. I would like to be elected to serve and benefit the community in which I live. Also, it would be an honored for me to be a Board member, to provide justice and equity for our residents.

LOWER MT. BETHYL
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years; Vote for not more than two

Democrat

SANDRA NEWMAN
BORN: 1948
EDUCATION: B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1974; Master Degree studies, University of Wisconsin, 1985.
OCCUPATION: Design consultant and picture frame designer
QUALIFICATIONS: Member of the Lower Mt. Bethel Planning Commission 2008 to present; Current Chair of the Lower Mt. Bethel Open Space Committee and member since 2008; Coordinated management plan for LMBT Delaware River Valley Scenic Byway (PA Scenic Byway);///
RESPONSE: I am running for Township Supervisor to protect our quality of life in Lower Mt. Bethel. I will work to ensure that future growth falls within the guidelines set forth in our Comprehensive Plan. We must move forward with updating our Zoning Ordinance and continue preserving farmland and open space. Protecting the environment and keeping our roads safe coupled with careful spending of tax dollar will help LMBT remain a great place to live.

SAMANTHA BURNS
No reply

Republican

JACQUELINE LAMBERTON
BORN: 1971
EDUCATION: Forest Hills H.S. graduate 1989, Forest Hills New York; Graduate of Allied Medical & Technical Institute, 2004.
OCCUPATION: Medical assistant for local Urgent Care Center
QUALIFICATIONS: Tax payer/resident, all the qualifications needed
RESPONSE: Integrity, Honesty, Equality! Most of the current supervisors with the exception of maybe 2, are lacking the interest of consistency. They are lazy putting forth the effort in doing so. They have become too complacent with their titles and have forgotten that its about the residents. It has become a matter of picking and choosing at the expense of the tax payers. Good for one should be good for all! The abuse of power stops & that power needs to go back to the tax payers!

LOWER NAZARETH
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years;
Vote for not more than two

GERALD R. GREEN
No reply

LEROY C. BICKERT JR.
No reply

Republican

AMY TEMPLETON

Libertarian

JAKE TOWNE
http://jaketowne.com
BORN: 1979
EDUCATION: Nazareth High, 1998; B.S. Chemical Engineering, Lehigh, 2002; Economics, Mises University, 2009
OCCUPATION: Technical Research Manager, Crayola
QUALIFICATIONS: Engineer, 13 years;; district resident, 27 years; Board member, Crayola Employees Credit Union, 4 years, Secretary 3 years; Judge of Elections, Bethlehem Township, 4 years; independent Congressional candidate, 18 months.
RESPONSE: I favor eliminating the residential property tax as I believe no tax should have the power to leave a family homeless. I favor cutting costs until this is achieved, including attempts to raise money for police, fire, and road services by voluntary means. I oppose current practices like donating taxpayer money to charity. I would defend private property rights. I favor upgrading traffic lights to reduce congestion at the Newburg Inn and Hanoverville/Route 191 intersections.

LOWER SAUCON
TOWNSHIP COUNCILMAN

Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat

RYAN STAUFFER
No reply

Republican

RON HORISZNY
No reply

GLENN KERN
BORN: 1956
EDUCATION: Hanover Park High School, 1974; BS University of Florida, 1978; MS University of Santa Monica, 1991.
OCCUPATION: President, Integrity AV Designs, Inc., 1987 to present.
QUALIFICATIONS: 12 years Lower Saucon Township Council; Council President 6 years; Council Vice President 4 years; Planning Commission 4 years; Founding member Environmental Advisory Council; Parks & Recreation Liaison.
RESPONSE: My focus is maintaining the natural features and beauty of our Township's open space while keeping our Township taxes low. I have helped create and maintain our Township's open space policy. The beauty of this policy is that not only has it preserved hundreds of acres our pristine woodlands and waterways, but the policy also naturally suppresses school taxes by limiting the need to expand school facilities. I will continue to endorse this policy.

MOORE
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years
Vote for one

Democrat

LOIS KERBACHER
BORN: 1951
EDUCATION: Northampton High School 1970
OCCUPATION: Retired + 35 years Allentown State Hospital as a Purchasing Agent and Supervisor.
QUALIFICATIONS: Worked at Moore Township for over 12 years as Secretary for Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, Land Preservation Committee; the Board of Supervisors, the Zoning Officer and sit in the Committee Days committee. I have been a resident of this township for over 46 years..
RESPONSE: Preserving our township`s natural resources which includes Farmland and Open Space for future generations. As an owner of a 53 acre farm in Moore Township for over 46 years I know firsthand the importance of preserving our rural heritage and way of life. Also, I will continue to work with the other supervisors to maintain our extremely low tax rate and maintain our budget. I am not seeking full time employment or accepting any medical benefits.

Republican

DAVID SHAFFER
BORN: 1991
Facebook.com/shaffer4moore
EDUCATION: Northampton High School; Bachelor of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University
OCCUPATION: Consulting Utility Forester (Davey Resource Group/Contractor for PP&L)
QUALIFICATIONS: Land preservation board, Environmental Advisory Council, Experience in research and analysis of grants, natural/biological resources, customer service, and conservation planning. ISA Certified Arborist, Herbicide Applicator Certified, Hazmat Certified, CPR/First Aid Certified
RESPONSE: I believe that all issues that concern the municipality are critical, but based on the voices of the people that I have spoken with, the list would start with the lack of progress on township roads, tax budgets, farmland and open space preservation, police and fire protection. I vow to listen to you and to work with you and others to solve problems to make our Township a better place to live.

PALMER
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years
Vote for one

Democrat

ANN MARIE PANELLA
BORN: 1951
EDUCATION: M.S.Ed Counseling, Long Island University.
OCCUPATION: Senior Administrator- Lehigh Valley Adult Services
QUALIFICATIONS: Township Supervisor, 2000 to present; Liaison to Environmental Steering Community and the Palmer Township Uniform and Non Union Pension Community; Recipient of the Sen Jeanette F. Reibman Award for Public Service 2017.
RESPONSE: As the growth of the Lehigh Valley continues to evolve, the responsibilities of Township Supervisors must grow also. With a Township budget of $30 million, we need business acumen learned by working in multimillion dollar companies such as I have. However, I will always remain a voice for those who need a representative - the aged, veterans, the working class and children. I will continue to speak and stand for those who need a voice.

Republican

CHARLES ZEKE BELLIS
BORN: 1960
EDUCATION: Easton Area High School, Class of 1978
OCCUPATION: Owner of Easton Beverage Company
QUALIFICATIONS: Life member of the Palmer Township Athletic Association; Previous member of the Palmer Township Recreation Board (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer); Previous member of the Anthony Minotti Scholarship Committee; Former youth volunteer sports coach (baseball, football, wrestling)
RESPONSE: There is a need to bring the local, hometown feel back to the residents of Palmer Township. It is also necessary in a business element yo assist in offsetting regular budget increases. Finally, there is a need to control the increasing growth in the northern end of the township.

PLAINFIELD
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat

STEPHEN J. HURNI

Republican

STEPHEN J. HURNI

UPPER MT. BETHEL
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat

MARTIN PINTER
BORN: 1975
EDUCATION: Graduate Warren Hills HS, 1994: B.A. Susquehanna University, 1998
OCCUPATION: Director of Global Direct Sourcing - Oldcastle Materials, Inc.
QUALIFICATIONS: Executive management, 10 years; Susquehanna University Board of Trustees, 9 years; Vice-Chair Property & Finance Committee Susquehanna University Board of Trustees, 3 years; Chair - Oldcastle Materials Aggregate Plant Procurement Team, 5 years
RESPONSE: While the Township has multiple issues that need to be addressed, such as tax base, funding for our community protection services (fire department and law enforcement) and water resources, the largest community issue that is front and center is the use of biosolids on farmlands. To address the issue I would: Gather all facts and put aside the fiction; Engage the community in open collaboration; Act in the best interest of our community.

JERRY W. GEAKE
No reply

Republican

ROBERT TEEL
No reply

MARTIN PINTER See Democrat

QUESTION on ballot:

UPPER MT. BETHEL ORDINANCE NO. 2017-02
Vote Yes or No

Do you favor reduction in the amount of the Township Earned Income Tax (EIT) for open space purposes (from the present rate of 0.25% to 0.125%) and such reduced amount will continue to be used by Upper Mt. Bethel for financing the acquisition of open space; for the purpose of acquiring forest and agricultural conservation easements; for the purpose of acquiring recreation or historic lands for the purpose of acquiring property development rights?

UPPER NAZARETH
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat

SCOTT SYLVAINUS
BORN: 1961
EDUCATION: Easton High School; Lehigh University; The American College
OCCUPATION: Financial Advisor
QUALIFICATIONS: Township Supervisor 8 Years; Township Planning Commission 17 years; Township Recreation Board 15 years; Upper Nazareth Athletic Association Board Member 10 years; Township Traffic Impact Committee 4 years; Township Recycling Committee 5 years; Nazareth Library Finance Committee 4 years
RESPONSE: Prison at Gracedale: I will not allow Zoning to be changed to allow prison at Gracedale. Roads: Completion of our fiscally responsible long-term maintenance plan to bring and maintain our road system at acceptable levels; Spending: I will continue to be the primary fiscal township watchdog. Township leaders need to focus on "doing the right thing", focusing on our residents' needs and not be led like cult-like political disciples of Harrisburg or DC politicians.

Republican

ROBERT DISBROW
https://www.facebook.com/robertwdisbrow/#
BORN: 1976
EDUCATION: Graduate of Freedom High School, 1995; Currently attending Northampton Community College with a focus on Business Administration
OCCUPATION: Verizon Wireless (2000-present) Network Technician, United States Marine
QUALIFICATIONS: Appointed Upper Nazareth Township Supervisor (10/2016-present), Led Nazareth Cub Scout Pack in various leadership positions (2010-2016) RESPONSE: There are many challenges that Pennsylvania municipalities face, but none greater than the ability to remain financially secure. Once elected to the Upper Nazareth Township Board of Supervisors, I will focus on the ever-growing problem of balancing expenses with incoming revenue, while preserving an expected level of service from all departments. The leadership qualities that I possess will enable me to lead this township with integrity and transparency, while strengthening the fiscal outlook for years to come.

CHRISTINE GARIPOLI
BORN: 1971
EDUCATION: St. Peter's High School for Girls, 1989; Bachelor's of Science Degree, Marketing, St. John's University, 1993
OCCUPATION: Owner, Christine Noelle Photography; Monitor, Nazareth Middle School
QUALIFICATIONS Compliance, JPMorgan Chase 1998-2006; Small Business Owner; PTA President, Shafer Elementary, 2010-2013; Catechist, Holy Family Religious Instruction Program (PREP)
RESPONSE: I stand in adamant opposition to the Township using a Single Trash Hauler. People should have the right to choose their own waste hauler. We need to reign in what has become out of control spending in the township and restore the need to be good stewards of hard earned taxpayer dollars.

WASHINGTON
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years
Vote for one

Democrat

DAVID RENALDO
BORN: 1957
EDUCATION: Graduate Pius X High School
OCCUPATION: President of Renaldo's Mechanical Inc.; A/C, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating tradesman.
QUALIFICATIONS: Township Supervisor with 20 years of service; Township Roadmaster; Awarded with a 20 year certificate of completing 20 years as a Township Supervisor by Senator Mario Scavello. Owner of a company, have skills to carry to Township business.
RESPONSE: The Township of Washington I feel does not have a major issue. We have the same concerns that all boroughs and townships have. Being able to provide all the services that are needed and that our residents deserve. Those services come with a price tag. I feel to achieve that level future planning is vital. Raising taxes will not solve your problems if all your departments do not have the same goals to achieve.

Republican

STACY DIEHL
BORN: 1970
EDUCATION: Edison Community College; Ambassador Airways Flight School
OCCUPATION: I chose to be a stay at home mom and raise a family.
QUALIFICATIONS: All local governing bodies are faced with the responsibility to oversee and actively participate in the administration of all municipal operations. The managerial experience that I possess provides me with the necessary skills///
RESPONSE: 1) As our Township demand for the simplest services such as: yard waste collection, electronics collection, community recycling containers, recreation for all age groups, activities for our seniors and our children continue to grow, these worthy services should be offered, not taken away. 2} It is critical that our Township Supervisors are directly involved with the everyday aspect of township business and not place the full burden on the Township employees.

WILLIAMS
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Term: 6 years
Vote for one

Democrat

MIKE BRYANT
No reply

Republican

FRED MEBUS
BORN: 1943
EDUCATION: Wilson High School, 1961; NCAAC, Associate degree; Work related courses at Lehigh University. OCCUPATION: Retired from Pfizer Inc/Minerals technologies
QUALIFICATIONS: Township Supervisor, 6 years; served on Township Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board and Open Space Task Force; Life member of the Township Fire Co., as Treasurer and Assistant Chief.
RESPONSE: My goal is to preserve the quality of life in Williams Township through Zoning and Land Preservation.

Independent

GEORGE WASHBURN
BORN: 1945
EDUCATION: B.S. University of Pittsburgh, 1971
OCCUPATION: Retired and Township Supervisor
QUALIFICATIONS: Currently a Williams Township Supervisor, Chairman of the Board of Williams Township Supervisors, (2010-2016}
RESPONSE: Fortunately, over the past eight years we have addressed the major issues as they arose. Currently, the ongoing major issue is the Chrin landfill expansion application. I will continue to hold the DEP accountable for a thorough review of the harms benefits portion of that application to insure minimal detriment to our community, if approved. We are also into phase one of building a new municipal park and recreational area that I want to see through to completion.

Boroughs

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY BOROUGHS

All candidates were asked "WHAT DO YOU VIEW AS THE MAJOR ISSUE IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS IT?"

BANGOR
MAYOR

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
BROOKE KERZNER
Unable to reach

Republican
ROBERT J. RHODES JR.
No reply

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Ward 1
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
LISA A FOGEL
No reply

Republican
ROBERT J. RHODES JR.
No reply

Ward 2
Term: four years
Vote for one

Democrat
MICHAEL J. BILOTTA

Republican
No candidate

Ward 3
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat

JANE GORMAN

Republican
No candidate

Term: 2 years
Vote for one

Democrat
ROBERT ENGLE

Republican
No candidate

Ward 4
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat

ROSEMARIE CAPONE
BORN: 1958
EDUCATION: Pocono Mountain High School 1976; Attended East Stroudsburg University 1977
OCCUPATION: Office Manager, Rebel Arms Corp, East Stroudsburg Pa.
QUALIFICATIONS: Retired Sergeant 36 years DRJTBC; Attended classes on Incident Command and Supervisor Training; Earned Certificates in Emergency Planning and Response by FEMA; Composed and supervised monthly safety training for District 3 RESPONSE: Public safety in general and especially disaster response plans and public awareness of those plans. I fully support the Slate Belt COG's early efforts to establish a regional disaster response facility for the public to access locally. As an elected official I would be able to attend the county meetings and be involved with helping put an emergency plan together they would benefit the residents of Bangor and our neighboring communities.

Republican

JAMES W. KRESGE
No reply

BATH
MAYOR

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
No candidate

Republican
FIORELLA R. MIRABITO

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than three

Democrat

MICHELLE EHRGOTT
No reply

ANTHONY G. KOVALOVSKY
BORN: 1959
EDUCATION: Graduate Northampton Senior High School, 1977; Graduate Allentown Police Academy; attended several colleges for police related and supervisory courses.
OCCUPATION: Retired Police Officer, 33 years.
QUALIFICATIONS: Former Bath Police Officer, 1982-1995, Bath Chief of Police 1987-1995; Colonial Regional Officer 1995-2015; Bath Water Authority 2015-present; Vice President and Fire Fighter, Bath Borough, 2015-present; On several fund raising boards in the Borough for the past several years; Involved in the community for all my life.
RESPONSE: Working hard with other council members and Boro residents to make Bath Borough a safe and great place to live.

CAROL BEAR HECKMAN
BORN: 1949
EDUCATION: Wm. Allen High School, 1967; B.S. Kutztown Univesity, 1971; M. ED Kutztown University, 1973.
OCCUPATION: Business Owner
QUALIFICATIONS: Bath Councilman, 8 yrs; 2016 Pennsylvania Grassroots Advocacy Award, by Preservation PA; 2013 Community Spirit Award, by LeBEAM Chamber of Commerce.
RESPONSE: I view the most pressing issue as improving the quality of life in Bath without putting undue tax burdens on its citizens. There are many considerations on the horizon that will affect that, such as road repair, Rt. 248 realignment, parking and the new borough building. I will continue to serve on committees, write reports, investigate facts, apply for grants and facilitate cooperation to the best of my ability.

Republican

MICHAEL D. REPH
No reply

MICHELE EHRGOTT
No reply

CAROL BEAR HECKMAN See Democrat

CHAPMAN
MAYOR

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

No candidates

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than three

Democrat/Republican
No candidates

Term: 2 years
Vote for one

Democrat/Republican
No candidates

EAST BANGOR MAYOR
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
No candidates

Republican
DEREK POWELL

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: four years
Vote for not more than four

Democrat
CLIFFORD P. JAMES

Republican
SUSAN J. RUGGIERO
DEREK POWELL
JENNIFER ROSANNE REESE

Term: 2 years
No candidates

FREEMANSBURG
MAYOR

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat

GERALD C. YOB
BORN: 1929
EDUCATION: Graduate Liberty High School, 1948; Lincoln Tech, Auto Mechanics; European Command Ordinance School, Military Auto and Truck Mechanics
OCCUPATION: Mayor of Freemansburg; Retired from business facilities
QUALIFICATIONS: Borough Mayor, 36 years; Councilman, 12 years, 9 as President; .Member, Pennsylvania Association of Borough Mayors; President, Mid-Eastern Association of Boroughs
RESPONSE: The only major issue in this campaign is to continue to work for grants from gaming revenue for the upgrade of our Police Department as well as other needs which may arise, such as major traffic concerns, needed street repairs and updates on the Borough office facility.

DONALD LASSO
D.O.B: 1952
EDUCATION: Graduate of Freedom High School, 1970; Bethlehem Area Vo-tech.
OCCUPATION: Diesel mechanic, Wilson Area School District
QUALIFICATIONS: Borough Councilman, 12 years; Freemansburg Fire Company, 35 years; Also served on Civil Service Board, Sewer Authority & as Fire Marshall, and President of Firemans Relief Association.
RESPONSE: Community Care & Development + research and apply for grants, initiate clean-up days to encourage community pride, stricter code enforcement; Safety + Training for police officers, more support for fire department; Communication + open door policy, initiate "meet with the mayor" nights.

Republican
No candidate

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than three

No candidates

GLENDON
MAYOR

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat/Republican
No candidates

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat/Republican
No candidates

HELLERTOWN

MAYOR

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat/Republican
DAVID J. HEINTZELMAN

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than four

Democrat
THOMAS J. RIEGER
JAMES W. HILL
KEVIN J. LOTT
GILBERT J. STAUFFER

Republican
THOMAS J. RIEGER
JAMES W. HILL

NAZARETH
MAYOR

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat

LANCE E. COLONDO
BORN: 1966
EDUCATION: East Stroudsburg High School, 1984 graduate; Attended East Stroudsburg University 1984 - 1988
OCCUPATION: Bank Manager and current Nazareth Borough Councilman
QUALIFICATIONS: Current Borough Councilman 2013 to present; Former chairperson Nazareth Bath Regional Chamber of Commerce 2015 to 2017; Board member Nazareth Economic Development & Commission; currently serve on Borough Councils Laws, Police, and Public Property committees.
RESPONSE: Move Nazareth forward by: 1)Create a Mayors Task Force to meet monthly with residents to discuss their concerns; 2)Establish neighborhood block watches to fight crime; 3)Improve storm water and street infrastructure; 4) Work to continue to foster a vibrant and pro-business downtown; 5)Continue to support community events such as Martin on Main and the Food Truck Festival.

Republican

STEPHEN E. CUNNINGHAM
No reply

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

WARD 1
Vote for one

Democrat
CHRISTOPHER D.CROOK

Republican
No candidate

WARD 2
Vote for one

Democrat
JESSICA. GYULAI TEEL

Republican
No candidate

WARD 3
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat

CHARLES A. DONELLO
No reply

Republican

CARL STRYE JR.
BORN: 1962
EDUCATION: Nazareth High School 1980
OCCUPATION: Regional Sales Manager, Mid Atlantic Car Wash Technology
QUALIFICATIONS: Former Mayor; Raised and stayed in Nazareth all my life; Served and serve on many boards within the Borough; Volunteer firefighter for 39 years.
RESPONSE: My goal is simple. Make Nazareth a better place to live. Growing up in this community I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I want Nazareth to strive financially and its' downtown to flourish again.

Independent

RYAN WHEATLEY
BORN: 1981
EDUCATION: Nazareth Area High School, class of 2000; Northampton Community College, A.S. Business Management, A. S. Construction Management, class of 2018.
OCCUPATION: Maintenance Manager + Episcopal House of the Lehigh Valley.
QUALIFICATIONS: Management and Leadership positions + 7 years experience.
RESPONSE: The Nazareth community needs to put focus on developing more youth programs to keep kids on the right track and out of trouble. As a father of two boys, I feel it is very important to keep our youth focused on their goals for the future while also letting them have fun as well as learning something new.

NORTHAMPTON

MAYOR

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat/ Republican
THOMAS D. REENOCK

BOROUGH COUNCIL

WARD 1
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat/Republican
No candidates

WARD 2
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
KATHRYN NOVOGRATZ
No reply

Republican
TONY PRISTASH
BORN: 1958
EDUCATION: 1976, Northampton Area High School; 1980, Bloomsburg University, B.S. Business Administration
OCCUPATION: Production Analyst at Laforge Holcim, Whitehall.
QUALIFICATIONS: 2012-2017, 2ND Ward Boro Council, Northampton; 2001-2017, President Northampton Chamber Of Commerce; 1996-2917, Owner +"All Things Frames", Northampton; Board of Governors, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; Board member Northampton County Gaming Revenue & Economic Redevelopment Authority.
RESPONSE: Keeping Borough taxes in check while revitalizing Northampton is my greatest issue. With years of hands-on Business and Community-building experience, I'll continue to hold down taxes and access regional revitalization resources, while continuing my service on several Authorities, bring grant monies into the Borough, as I have done in the past. I will also continue my strong relationship in working alongside all our Legislators in Harrisburg, insuring the Borough and our Business Community thrive.

WARD 3
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
No candidates

ROBERT J. McHALE

WARD 4
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat

ANTHONY LOPSONZSKI JR.

Republican
No candidate

NORTH CATASAQUA

MAYOR

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
WILLIAM J. MOLCHANY JR.

Republican
No candidate

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more four

Democrat
CHERIE D. GEBHARDT
No reply

JOHN JOSEPH YANEK
No reply

JOSEPH T. KEGLOVITS
No reply

Republican
PETER T. PAONE
BORN: 1980
EDUCATION: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2002
OCCUPATION: Chief Operating Officer, Emissions and Pyroprocessing Technology Specialist, Bridge Gap Engineering LLC
QUALIFICATIONS: 4 years as Borough Council member, including 2 years as Borough Council President; Graduate of Leadership Lehigh Valley program. RESPONSE: I believe the greatest challenge facing North Catasauqua is the need to adapt to changes over the next four years. Our borough needs to see a new road program to repair and replace older roads, and we need to adapt to the development planned in our borough. I would like to continue the path that I have set out for the borough to pro-actively plan for these changes, as well as other projects that are needed around our borough.

MARK. S. GIOIELLI
No reply

PEN ARGYL

MAYOR

Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
No candidate

Republican
MIKE SABATINE

BOROUGH COUNCIL
WARD 1
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat

BRIAN D. GOLD SR.
No reply

TAMMY J. KEMP
BORN: 1960
EDUCATION: Graduate Pen Argyl High School, 1978
OCCUPATION: Staff Accountant at Forza Boxing, LLC
QUALIFICATIONS: Pen Argyl Park Board, several years; Resident Pen Argyl Borough 35+ years; Currently employed within the Borough of Pen Argyl.
RESPONSE: The biggest issue that I see is a lack of business and employment in Pen Argyl. In addition to the loss in revenue that that issue creates, when there aren't any jobs, people are forced to move to where they can find employment. I'd like to play a part in building the town back up so that businesses want to relocate here.

Republican
No candidates

WARD 2
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
No candidate

Republican
JOSEPH LeDONNE

Term: 2 years
Vote for one

Democrat
JANELLE B. CONNOLLY

Republican
No candidates

WARD 3
Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat

DEAN C. MINNICH
BORN: 1964
EDUCATION: Graduate Nazareth Area School District1982; B.S. East Stroudsburg Universitym1988.
OCCUPATION: Plant Manager, Nazareth Borough Municipal Authority, Wastewater Treatment.
QUALIFICATIONS: Councilman for the 3rd Ward, 12 years. 28 years experience in wastewater treatment, Plant Manager, Laboratory Supervisor, Open Records Officer, and Operator in Responsible Charge since 2007.
RESPONSE: Currently, the proposed biosolids recycling facility in Plainfield Township is one of my highest priorities. I, as well as the majority of the citizens in Pen Argyl, do not want a "sludge plant" near our neighborhoods. My wastewater experience and complete knowledge in the topic of biosolids will be vital in helping Pen Argyl's fight against this project. I was able to provide the borough with our professional expert in the field of biosolids.

Republican

JOSEPHINE C. HILDABRANT
BORN: 1963
EDUCATION: Bellville High School 1981; The Berkeley School of Business, Associate Degree
OCCUPATION: Licensed Title Agent; Notary Public
QUALIFICATIONS: No reply
RESPONSE: The major issue is rebuilding the pool in Weona Park. I plan to work together with the community and the Weona Park Pool Pals to address the false information regarding the financial end of this project. The borough needs to work towards a resolution and rebuild the pool for the residence of Pen Argyl with no tax increase. We need to restore the beauty of this borough by having pride in the appearance of our properties and streets. NO SLUDGE PLANT!

WARD 4
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
ROBERTA COWLEY

Republican
No candidates

PORTLAND
MAYOR

Term: four years
Vote for one

Democrat
No candidate

Republican
LANCE J. PRATOR

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than three

Democrat
STEVEN K. KNOTT
LISA M. PRATOR

Republican
YVONNE M. GUMAER

ROSETO

MAYOR

Term: four years
Vote for one

Democrat/ Republican
JOSEPH C. ANGELINI

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than four

Democrat
NICHOLAS MARTINO JR.

Republican
MARK A. GOFFREDO JR.
PETER J. SCARFARO JR.
DARLENE J. DUNBAR

STOCKERTOWN

MAYOR

Term: four years
Vote for one

Democrat
CHARLES DAVIS

Republican
No candidate

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than three

Democrat
CARL A.ZITO
ROSEMARIE WENTZELBERGER
ROBIN DAVIS

Republican
No candidates

TATAMY

MAYOR

Term: four year
Vote for one

Democrat
CHRISTOPHER MOREN

Republican
No candidates

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than three

Democrat
KRISTINE PORTER

Republican
JOSEPH RAGO II

WALNUTPORT
MAYOR

Term: four years
Vote for one

Democrat
WAYNE WEIDNER

Republican
No candidate

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than four

Democrat
JENNIFER L. WENTZ
No reply

Republican
WILLIAM TURK
No reply

PATRICE HUNSICKER
BORN: 1972
EDUCATION: Graduate Northern Lehigh School 1990
OCCUPATION: Business Manager: Mint Construction
QUALIFICATIONS: Borough Councilwoman, 4 years.
RESPONSE: We need a revitalization of the community in our business areas. In order to support the community and to keep tax increases at a minimum a plan needs to be put in place for tight budgeting and to increase the income in our area. To do that, we need to market our area to larger business and open up more conveniences to our residents.

JOAN REHRIG
No reply

AARON KROMER
No reply

Term: 2 years
Vote for one

Democrat
HAROLD C. GREENE
No reply

JENNIFER L. WENTZ
No reply

Republican
NANCY A. TRESKOT
No reply

WEST EASTON

MAYOR

Term: four years
Vote for one

Democrat/ Republican
DAN DePaul

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than four

Democrat

JEFFREY BREIDENGER, JR.
BORN: 1992
EDUCATION: Wilson Area High School, 2010; B.S. DeSales University, 2014
OCCUPATION: Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach, Penn State Lehigh Valley
QUALIFICATIONS: West Easton Representative on Wilson Recreation Board Dec. 2016-present; West Easton Vacancy Board April 2017-present; West Easton Jr. Fire Fighter 2009-2010; 4 years of Administration/Management experience
RESPONSE: As a member in the community, my main focus for my campaign is enhancing the `quality of life' in our small borough. The issues I look to tackle are: Update ordinances, ensure no tax increases for 2018, continue repairing roads which have been neglected for years until recently, apply for grants pertaining to sidewalk and curb repairs, reduce sewer/trash bills for senior citizens, and address the police protection in conjunction with the State Police.

DESIREE LAKE
BORN: 1962
EDUCATION: Bangor High School, 1980; DeSalles University, 1997.
OCCUPATION: Director, Facilities & Admin services
QUALIFICATIONS: West Easton Zoning Board, 1 yr. as Chair, 1 yr. as Board member; Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce: 7 yrs. Small Business Council; 8 yrs. Chair for SPC Snow Ball Gala annual fundraiser; 2010- Volunteer of the year-GLVCC
RESPONSE: Accountability + Lets Make a Difference We learn early on that accountability is important to succeed in learning and life. My pledge to the Voters is that if I'm elected, I will be representing the people in West Easton, My willingness to listen to the community and learn what is important to them as residents. To stand true to financial accountability and be transparent as a representative of West Easton.

PAUL G. JAMES
BORN: 1958
EDUCATION: B.S. Southern Illinois University
OCCUPATION: Maintenance Training Manager, JBS USA foods.
QUALIFICATIONS: West East Borough Council 4 yrs.; Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority Board member, 7 yrs.; West Easton Zoning Board Chairman, 5 years (former); Navy veteran 21 yrs., retired as Chief Petty Officer; Iraq war veteran; Borough resident for 19 yrs.
RESPONSE: Improve quality of life by backing part time police department, updating old ordinances, and listening to resident's concerns. Improve image by continuing to fix roads and infrastructure to attract businesses and esidents, finally to preserve the small town dream by maintaining all that works like small government with little intervention & being open & visible to residents.

MATTHEW A. DEES
http://www.votedees.com
BORN: 1959
EDUCATION: Boulder City Jr.-Sr. H.S., Nevada; U.S. Navy electronics, nuclear, missile, computer schools.
OCCUPATION: Youth Transportation Engineer (School Bus Driver)
QUALIFICATIONS: Councilman since 2016; Chairman Zoning Hearing Board 2015; Currently on Council's Property, Safety and (Chair) Grants Committees; Served in the Legal Committee; Shop Steward at CIU 20, 2013-2015.
RESPONSE: Community safety is my #1 concern. We are currently covered by PSP. Patrols are infrequent, local ordinances not enforced. Already working toward a Part-Time Police Force operating in conjunction with the PSP; I'm committed to my neighbors realizing quicker response times from our own law agency. Having life and property protected at a cost that is affordable and won't bankrupt West Easton is possible, despite any political opponent who believes otherwise.

Republican

MATTHEW DEES See Democrat

JEFFREY BREIDJNGER JR. See Democrat

TRICIA MEZZACAPPA
No reply

BETTY-JO BONNERS
No reply

WILSON

MAYOR

Term: four years
Vote for one

Democrat/ Republican

DONALD R. BARRETT JR.

BOROUGH COUNCIL
WARD 1
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat

JOHN J. BURKE IV
No reply

Republican

LOUIS STARNIRI
BORN: 1958
EDUCATION: Wilson Area High School, class of 1976, Pennsylvania State University, BS in Business Management, class of 1980
OCCUPATION: Production Planner
QUALIFICATIONS: Wilson Borough Council, for over 27 years; Wilson Borough Planning Commission, for 17 years; Certified Borough Official, from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, 2005.
RESPONSE: The major issue facing Borough Council is the demands of the budget vs. the needs of the community. The average household income in Wilson Borough ranks it thirty-forth, out of thirty-eight municipalities in Northampton County. However, like elsewhere, crime is increasing and infrastructure is aging. My experience provides a better understand of what must be in the budget to revitalize, protect, supply and staff the Borough. I am also more familiar with sources for grants.

WARD 2
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat

JEFFREY BRACKEN

Republican
LEONARD FEINBERG

WARD 3
Term: 4 years
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Democrat

DAVID L. JONES
No reply

Republican

MARY ANN SOFRONIE
No reply

WIND GAP

MAYOR

Term: four years
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Democrat/ Republican
MITCHELL D. MOGLISKI Sr.

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
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Democrat

MICHAEL J. McNamara

Republican
DAVID E. VALLEY

DAVID HESS

School Districts

SCHOOL DIRECTORS

Candidates were asked to provide Education, Occupation and Qualifications for the position.

BANGOR AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Boroughs of Bangor, Roseto, Portland; Townships of Upper Mt. Bethel, Lower Mt. Bethel and Washington)

SCHOOL DIRECTORS
AT LARGE
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than four

Democrat

CRAIG. J. BERGER
BORN: 1996
EDUCATION: Bangor High School, 1984; Bloomsburg University, 1988 BA Economics
OCCUPATION: Business Owner + Truck repair.
QUALIFICATIONS: Past President Bangor Youth Football; Past President UMBT Youth Basketball RRSPONSE: In my first term on the Board we have placed a focus on ensuring student success. We have developed a plan to make up the gap we have as it relates to technology for our students. I look forward to a second term so we can implement this plan to provide more opportunities for our students.

Democrat/Republican

JASON M. ALBERT
No reply

TERRY TOTH
BORN: 1969
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EDUCATION: Bangor School District, graduated 1987; Kutztown University, BSED Mathematics Education, Computer Science, graduated 1991; Wilkes University, Masters Degree Secondary Education, Instructional Technology.
OCCUPATION: Teacher of Media & Technology + JT Lambert Intermediate School, East Stroudsburg
QUALIFICATIONS: Public school educator + 26 yrs.; Volunteered with many organizations in Bangor Schools for more than two decades.
RESPONSE: As a successful educator for 26 years, I have been working with the integration of technology for almost three decades. I know what is needed to give our students the best education when it comes to implementing new technology and new instructional methods in the classroom. I will work to improve our learning environment by implementing new ways of learning and will be an activist for the great public education we have at Bangor.

KENNETH L. BREWER JR.
BORN: 1949
EDUCATION: Graduate Bangor High School + 1967
OCCUPATION: Retired
QUALIFICATIONS: Lower Mt. Bethel Supervisor: Member of Economical Development Assoc.- 6 yrs; Current Board of Education @ Bangor - 6 years, Board of I.U.20; Board of C.I.T. - Treasurer
RESPONSE: Holding the line on taxes has always been and continues to be my major priority, with keeping rates as close to 0% increase, as feasible so there is no burden for those on a fixed income. My vision is for the Bangor School District to be a "model blue ribbon school" both in academics and in extra-curricular activities, with an emphasis on academics and technology. I want to see "All" of our students receive the best education, with the best materials, teachers, administrators and extra-curricular personnel.

Republican

BOB CARTWRIGHT
No reply

BETHLEHEM AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
SCHOOL DIRECTORS AT LARGE
(City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Hanover Township and the Boroughs of Freemansburg and Fountain Hill)
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than three

Democrat

ANGELA T. SINKLER
BORN: 1966
EDUCATION: Graduate Bethlehem Catholic HS 1984; University of Delaware 1988, Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.
OCCUPATION: RN, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Open Heart Unit
QUALIFICATIONS: School Director: Bethlehem Area SD, Dec. 2013 + present; School Board Curriculum Committee Chairperson, Dec, 2015 + present; Bethlehem Area Vocational and Technical School, January 2016 + present.
RESPONSE Quality Public Education: My goal is to ensure that all BASD children are provided with excellent educational opportunities. I will work with the BASD team to support evolving initiatives in public education, while balancing fiscal responsibility to the community. This will include working for tax reform and charter fiscal accountability at the state level.

Democrat/Republican
Cross-filed

MICHAEL E. FACCINETTO
BORN: 1978
EDUCATION: Notre Dame High School, 1996; B.S. Penn State University, 2000.
OCCUPATION: Licensed Insurance Agent
QUALIFICATIONS: Bethlehem Area School Director, 8 years; Bethlehem Area Vocational School Director, 8 years; 2017-2018 PSBA President; Pennsylvania School Board Association Governing Board member, 3 years; PSBA Master School Board member; Current graduate student, Lehigh University College of Education, pursuing a future in Educational Leadership.
RESPONSE: The single biggest issue facing public education is the movement to undermine and privatize one of the cornerstones of our democracy. We must force our state and federal legislatures to adequately fund our schools and level the playing field between public schools and publicly funded private charter schools. The cost of school choice continues to threaten the quality of education provided to the 90% of students who continue to choose their local neighborhood public school.

SHANNON L. PATRICK
BORN: 1976
EDUCATION: Haddonfield Memorial High School, 1994; B.S. Rutgers University, 1998
OCCUPATION: Owner, The Puppy Palace Doggie Day Care, Bethlehem PA
QUALIFICATIONS: Bethlehem Area School District, School Board of Director, 6 years; President, West Broad St. Business Association, 6 years
RESPONSE: I will continue to fight for adequate and fair funding from the state for the Bethlehem Area School District. Along with the rest of the Board, I will continue the fight to ensure that local school districts have more oversight on charter schools residing within their boundaries. Our public schools have so much to offer. We need to do a better job showcasing their accomplishments.

Republican

JOHN F. GALLAGHER
BORN: 1967
EDUCATION: Notre Dame High School, 1985; Eastern University, BA Pol. Sci., 1989; JD, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1996.
OCCUPATION: Attorney, licensed in PA; currently enrolled Lehigh University, M. Ed. Teacher Cert. Program.
QUALIFICATIONS: I am a politically active tax payer who wants to be involved in the decision making processes that involve one of the most important aspects of American Society + the education of our children///.
RESPONSE: I think the major issue in education right now is fiscal responsibility and school choice. I will vote no on tax increases and do my best to promote more choices for people in where and how to educate children, including directing their own tax dollars to the schools that best meet their children's needs, This also ties into the importance of a curriculum that fosters critical thinking and creativity. I would advocate for the reduced use of standard to measure student progress.///

REGION 1
Term: 4 years
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Democrat/Republican

ROGELIO ORTIZ

EASTON AREA SCHOOL DIRECTORS
(City of Easton, Borough of Riegelsville, Townships of Forks, Palmer, Lower Mt. Bethel)

REGION I
Palmer Township, 8th West Ward in the city of Easton
Term: 4 years
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Democrat/Republican
BRIAN SNYDER

REGION II
Riegelsville, 2nd, 4th , 5th, 9th,10th, 11th and 12th Wards of the city of Easton
Term: 4 years
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Democrat

SUSAN HARTRANFT-BITTINGER
THOMAS E. GUTH, JR.

Republican
No candidates

REGION III Lower Mt. Bethel Township; Independent District, Forks Township, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th Ward Eastern District in the city of Easton
Term: 4 years
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Democratic/Republican

GEORGE M. CHANDO
MEG SAYAGO

NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DIRECTORS
(Boroughs of Nazareth, Stockertown, Tatamy; Townships of Upper Nazareth, Lower Nazareth, Bushkill)

REGION I
Bushkill Township, Tatamy Borough & portion of Palmer Upper West
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Republican/Democrat
No candidates

REGION II Lower Nazareth Township & Upper Nazareth Eastern District
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat/Republican
JODI MAMMANA
No reply

MELISSA KALINOSKI
http://www.vote.kalinski.com
BORN: 1978
EDUCATION: Graduate Bristol Warren High School, 1997; B.A. in Psychology, Quinnipiac University, 2001; M.S. in Psychology, Walden University, 2006.
OCCUPATION: SAHM
QUALIFICATIONS: Appointed school board director in February 2016, PTA &: PTO member for the last 7 years, Vice President of UNTAA
RESPONSE: One of the main issues I see is balancing a budget. I want to make sure that the school board makes financially sound decisions without jeopardizing the quality of educational programs and staff. Another issue I see is lack of communication across constituents of the school district. I am visible on social media and would like to get information out to everyone so they feel like a part of the Nazareth community.

Libertarian
JANE HORVATH
janehorvath.com
BORN: 1974
EDUCATION: Nazareth Area Schools K-8th Grade, Freedom High School, 1992; Moravian College, B.A. Business Management, 2009
OCCUPATION: Stay-at-Home Mom to two children, ages 3 and 4.5
QUALIFICATIONS: Chair, Northampton County Libertarian Party; Township resident and Parent
RESPONSE: Taxes are too high, especially for residents who do not use the school system. Low-income seniors who are in arrears are regularly shamed by the media on published "scofflaw lists" and risk having their homes taken if they fail to pay. Parents who choose to home-school their children essentially pay twice, as homeschooling costs are not tax-deductible. I seek to lower taxes for all residents, and to eliminate school taxes for seniors and homeschooling parents.

JAKE TOWNE
http://jaketowne.com
BORN: 1979
EDUCATION: Nazareth High, 1998; B.S. Chemical Engineering, Lehigh, 2002; Economics, Mises University, 2009
OCCUPATION: Technical Research Manager, Crayola
QUALIFICATIONS: Engineer, 13 years; district student, 13 years, salutatorian; district resident, 27 years; Board member, Crayola Employees Credit Union, 4 years, Secretary 3 years; Judge of Elections, Bethlehem Township, 4 years; independent Congressional candidate, 18 months. RESPONSE: No tax should enable the government to seize your home, and school property taxes are outrageously high. Many that lose their homes do not even have children enrolled. I would favor radically cutting costs and enabling more choices for parents such as homeschooling, expanded cyber schooling, and the 'unschooling' method. I support ending standardized testing and freeing teachers to teach more effectively. A parent of two preschoolers, I seek to protect their love for learning.

REGION III
Nazareth1,2,3, Stockertown Borough, Upper Nazareth Western Division
Term: 4 years
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Democrat/Republican
LINDA GERENSER STUBITS

NORTHAMPTON AREA SCHOOL DIRECTORS

REGION I
Allen and Lehigh Townships
Term: 4 years
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Democrat/ Republican
ROY J. MARANKI

Term: 2 years
Democrat/Republican
JOHN BECKER

REGION II
Borough of Northampton and East Allen Township
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat/ Republican

CHARLES F. FRANTZ JR.
ROSS MAKARY

REGION III
Boroughs of Chapman and Bath and Moore Township
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat/Republican CHUCK LONGACRE

PEN ARGYL AREA SCHOOL DIRECTORS
Boroughs of Pen Argyl & Wind Gap, Plainfield Township

REGION I
Pen Argyl Borough
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat
LISA M. HACKMAN
BORN: 1975
EDUCATION: Wilson West Lawn PA, 1994; Reading Area Community College, 1996
OCCUPATION: Property Manager
QUALIFICATIONS: none listed
RESPONSE: No issue, just want to be involved with the background areas of my son's education

Democrat/Republican
HEATHER HAHN
No reply

Republican
ETHAN HABRIAL
No reply

Term: 2 years
Vote for one

Republican/Democrat
HEATHER HAHN

REGION II
Plainfield Township
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat/Republican
ROBERT C. RUTT

REGION III
Wind Gap Borough
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat/Republican
JOSEPH GENNUSA

SAUCON VALLEY DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Borough of Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township
Term: 4 years
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Democrat/Republican

TRACY MAGNOTTA
SANDRA MILLER
STAMIM PAKZAD
CEDRIC DETTMAR

WILSON AREA SCHOOL DIRECROR
(Boroughs of Glendon, West Easton, Wilson; Williams Township)

REGION I
1st and 2nd Wards of Wilson Borough
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
ALLYSON PALINKAS

Republican
No candidates

REGION II
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat
ANN D. LIPARI

Republican
No candidates

REGION III
Vote for 1

Democrat/Republican
CHRISTOPHER GREENE