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LEHIGH COUNTY BOROUGHS AND TOWNSHIPS


Municipal Primary

May 16, 2017

 

Lehigh County Boroughs

Alburtis    Catasauqua    Coopersburg    Coplay    Emmaus 
Fountain Hill    Macungie    Slatington

Lehigh County Townships

Hanover    Heidelberg    Lower Macungie    Lower Milford     Lowhill    Lynn  
North Whitehall    Salisbury   South Whitehall    Upper Macungie    Upper Milford   
Upper Saucon    Washington    Weisenberg    Whitehall

 

 BOROUGHS

Candidates in contested races were asked,

“What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?”

 

ALBURTIS

MAYOR

(Vote for one; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Kathleen Palmer

REPUBLICAN

No candidates

BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Vote for not more than three; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Hector Vazquez

Kathleen Raines

REPUBLICAN

Steven R. Hill

John J. Aleszczyk

BOROUGH COUNCIL (2-year term)

(Vote for one; 2-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Vanessa Taggart

REPUBLICAN

No candidates

 

CATASAUQUA

MAYOR

(Vote for one; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Barbara A. Schlegel

BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Vote for not more than three; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Deb Mellish

D.O.B.: 1952

EDUCATION: East Brady HS, Armstrong County, PA 1969; BS Chemistry, IUP, 1973; MS Chem Eng, CMU, 1979.

OCCUPATION: Retired. Councilperson.

QUALIFICATIONS: Council member since 2014. Chair, General Government Committee. Member, Public Safety and Recreation Committees. Member, Parking/one-Way Front St Committee. Grad of Leadership Lehigh Valley. Governance Training: New Council Member, PA State Association of Boroughs; Planning and Zoning, LVPC; Various webinars, PSAB

RESPONSE: Major issue: Addressing the changes coming with the development of our IronWorks site and revitalization of the adjacent downtown, residential, and canal/river-front recreation areas. We need to not only provide creative solutions to the challenges posed (ie, return of Front St to 2-way, parking), but also improve how we communicate these changes, acknowledging the uncertainties and discomforts associated with change.

 

Alfred A. Regits

No response

 

Christine Weaver

D.O.B.: not provided

EDUCATION: not provided

OCCUPATION: Realtor, Councilperson, LVPC Commissioner.

QUALIFICATIONS: Member, Catasauqua Council since 2014; Chair, Council Planning + Zoning Committee; Co-chair, Council Public Safety Committee; member, Council Public Works Committee; Co-Chair, Catasauqua 2-Way Front Street Committee; LVPC Commissioner; Member, Lehigh County Blight Task Force; Member, Catasauqua Main Streets; Council representative to Catasauqua School District; Governance training, PSAB and LVPC.

RESPONSE: Major issue: Tomorrow. It’s not any one project or any one things. It’s the next thing to do, fix, or maintain. Issues like parking, are contentious (and valid) and not easily resolved but it’s focusing on what needs to be done like developing the Iron Works site, revitalizing our downtown, connecting people and places, creating a safe, healthy community instead of accepting problems as a solution. The goal is to continuously move the borough and the LV forward.

 

Vincent Smith

D.O.B.: 1966

EDUCATION: Graduate of Catasauqua High School

OCCUPATION: CEO/President, Biery’s Port Bodyworks and owner/manager of a mix of twelve residential/retail/commercial rental properties in Catasauqua

QUALIFICATIONS: Borough Councilman since 2006. Council President, 2008, 2009, 2014-present. Business owner in the community since 1987. Active in Borough revitalization efforts since 2000.

RESPONSE: Downtown revitalization, accomplished by completing the new Municipal Services Complex, marketing/development of the adjacent land, implementation of strategies to make absentee landlords more accountable for their properties and tenants, partner in the development of new and existing businesses to bring in more goods and services, utilize code enforcement and institute ordinances/concepts to improve the safety and appearance of the downtown, thereby promoting the quality of life for all the residents of Catasauqua.

REPUBLICAN

No candidates

COOPERSBURG

MAYOR

(Vote for one; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Gary Hovis

BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Benjamin Craig

Robert Van Ingen

REPUBLICAN

Joe Ellenberger

Paul Dietz

Dennis Michael Balascak

COPLAY

MAYOR

(Vote for one; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Dean Molitoris

REPUBLICAN

No candidates

BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Louis L. Bodish

Carl Luckenbach

Charles Sodl

Stephen J. Burker

REPUBLICAN

No candidates

EMMAUS

MAYOR

(Vote for one; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Lee Ann Gilbert

BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Vote for not more than three; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Roy D. Anders Jr.

Shana Baumgartner

REPUBLICAN

Brent Labenberg

FOUNTAIN HILL

MAYOR

(Vote for one; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

No candidates

BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Helen M. Halleman

Lawrence E. Rapp

REPUBLICAN

Philip Trabel

MACUNGIE

MAYOR

(Vote for one; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Cynthia Bogert

REPUBLICAN

Ronald Conrad

BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Barry Bloch

REPUBLICAN

Roseann C. Schleicher

Alma Akinjiola

John Yerman

SLATINGTON

MAYOR

(Vote for one; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Walter Niedermeyer

BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Vote for not more than three; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Michael J. Brogan Sr.

Melvin R. Gildner

REPUBLICAN

Jon W. Rinker

BOROUGH COUNCIL (2-year term)

(Vote for two; 2-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Melvin R. Gildner

Michael J. Brogan Sr.

REPUBLICAN

No candidates

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LEHIGH COUNTY TOWNSHIPS

Hanover    Heidelberg    Lower Macungie    Lower Milford     Lowhill    Lynn  
North Whitehall    Salisbury   South Whitehall    Upper Macungie    Upper Milford   
Upper Saucon    Washington    Weisenberg    Whitehall

 

Candidates in contested races were asked,

“What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?”

 

HANOVER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

(Vote for not more than three; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Bruce E. Paulus

REPUBLICAN

H. Curtis Wegfahrt

Bob Heimbecker

HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

(Vote for one; 6-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Steve Bachman

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR (2-year term)

(Vote for one; 2-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Jonathan Jakum

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONER

(Vote for not more than three; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Richard V. Ward

Brian Higgins

Ron Beitler

LOWER MILFORD TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

(Vote for one; 6-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Donna Wright

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

(Vote for one, 6-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Paul C. Fisher Jr.

www.VotePaulFisher.com

D.O.B.: 1967

EDUCATION: Northwestern Lehigh High School; 1985. B.S. Economics, Pennsylvania State University, 1989.

OCCUPATION: Retired from PrintConcepts as Vice President, Operations after 24 years

QUALIFICATIONS: Northwestern Lehigh School Board (positions held: President, Vice Pres., and Secretary) 7 years; Lehigh Carbon Community College, Board of Trustees, 3 years; Weisenberg Twp. Planning Commission, 3 years

RESPONSE: I believe a greater focus on fiscal management, governmental transparency, and public communication is necessary. As an elected supervisor, I will work diligently to address these critical issues, while ensuring the township's limited tax resources are preserved and maintained. I have a successful and proven record in public service, which illustrates my commitment and dedication to overcoming these challenges. I ask for your vote on May 16th.

 

Richard Hughes

D.O.B.: 1958

EDUCATION: Northwestern Lehigh 1976

OCCUPATION: Sales Manager Eureka Stone/JDM Materials

QUALIFICATIONS: First elected in 1982 as Supervisor / Road Master; 12 years Chairman. Member Junior Chamber of Commerce; Chair of the Board (2); President (2); VP; Secretary; Treasure. Chaired Lehigh Valley Home Show 15 yrs. Co-founder, Northwestern Rec. Commission. Northwestern Youth Assn; President; Secretary. Committed to community service for 40 yrs.

RESPONSE: We have 6 bridges that will need replacement or major repairs in my next term. We are in contact with Gary Days office for grants, and the State to allow us to do the work on our own and using our engineers. The savings would be in the 100’s of thousands. We need leadership like myself that knows the twp, the people and how local Government works. If its not broke don’t fix it!

LYNN TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

(Vote for one; 6-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Justin N. Smith

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

(Vote for one; 6-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Stephen Ewald

No response

 

Dennis E. Klusaritz

D.O.B.: 1959

EDUCATION: Parkland High School, 1977; LVCTI – Certification in the Machine Trades; Penn State and PA Dept. of Community Affairs – Certificates on Twp. Gov’t.

OCCUPATION: Operations of Hay & Stray business since 1977.

QUALIFICATIONS: Past member, N.W. Twp. Historical Commission; N.W. Twp. Planning Commission; Zoning Hearing Board (chairman); Board of Supervisors (chairman). Instrumental in starting a Farmland Preservation Board for N.W. Twp. Memberships in all N.W. Twp. Fire Companies.///

RESPONSE: Farmland Preservation. Jumpstart N.W. Twp. Farmland Preservation Board. Have quarterly meetings and hold meetings on raining days so farmers can attend. My goal is to keep the young man/woman on the farm. If we keep them farming – means less homes being built, less roads, less traffic. This can be accomplished, we need to address this. People moved in this twp for several reasons – best school district, rural area, everyone loves to see a farmer in his fields – let’s keep his children there. ///

REPUBLICAN

Steve Pany

No response

 

Eric A. Neubauer

EDUCATION: B.S. Biology, Lehigh. M.S. Chemical Engineering, Lehigh

OCCUPATION: Retired

QUALIFICATIONS: Township resident for 25 years. Present at most public meetings for 5 years. Zoning hearing board for 3 years. No personal or family financial interests which do business with or require approvals from township.

RESPONSE: The township is financially sound, serves its residents well, and recently hired a professional manager to deal with added regulations. Nevertheless, we must be more efficient as complexities increase. I support acting promptly on issues before the board; clarifying vagueness in our ordinances that causes unnecessary hearings; taking the long term view without being blinded by short term benefits; continuing the transition to non-employee supervisors with a professional township manager.

 

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONER, 2nd Ward

(Vote for one; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

James Seagreaves

No response

 

Chad Gleissl

www.chadgleissl.com

FB: chadgleissl

D.O.B.: 1955

EDUCATION: Salisbury Township School District; Strayer University 2014 Expected graduation Jan 2018

OCCUPATION: Dorney Patrol Corporal 2014 - Current. Campus Safety Northampton Community College 2016 - Current

QUALIFICATIONS: Resident of Salisbury Township since 1999; Business Law Major; Business Experience; Community Volunteer

RESPONSE: My campaign will work to help keep our community beautiful and safe. I will use my experience and Business background to help balance the budget, avoid tax hikes, and cut unnecessary spending. I will work to strengthen relations with our commissioners and the community. It's time for new ideas and a new vision. Together we can build a better Salisbury.

REPUBLICAN

No candidates

TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONER, 4th Ward

(Vote for one; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Rodney C. Conn

SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONER

(Vote for not more than two; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Mark Pinsley

REPUBLICAN

Thomas J. Johns

Christina Tori Morgan

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

(Vote for one; 6-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Kathy Rader

UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

(Vote for one; 6-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Joyce K. Moore

REPUBLICAN

No candidates

UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

(Vote for not more than two; 6-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Dennis Benner

Patrick M. Leonard

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

(Vote for one; 6-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Timothy M. O’Brian

WEISENBERG TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

(Vote for one; 6-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

No candidates

REPUBLICAN

Linda Gorgas

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONER

(Vote for not more than three; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC

Shawn E. Clary

Thomas Slonaker

Joseph J. Marx Jr.

REPUBLICAN

Antonio A. Pineda

Ron Sterner

Kerry S. Kramer

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