Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Nominees include two former Northampton County officials and incumbent Peg Ferraro.
Ten candidates—five Republicans, five Democrats—will face off this fall for five open seats on Northampton County Council. Voters in both parties made their nominations Tuesday, choosing a mix of veteran county officials and poltiical newcomers. According to unofficial election results, the five Republican nominees are: The Democratic nominees are: Also in the race were Republicans Tricia Mezzacappa and Frank Hesch, and Democrats Kerry Myers, Jason Toedter and William Wallace.
Hellertown Borough Council President Phil Weber will not appear on the ballot in November's general election, if unofficial results from Tuesday's Democratic primary are upheld.
It is sometimes said that a single vote doesn't make a difference. So why bother to vote at all? Occasionally, however, a single vote can make all the difference. In Hellertown, for example, a single vote cast in Tuesday's primary election appears to have cost incumbent borough council president Philip Weber a shot at another four-year term on the council. According to unofficial Northampton County election results, with 100 percent of precincts reporting their vote totals, Weber—with 161 votes—had finished in last place among a field of five candidates running on the Democratic ticket. The fourth place finisher, James W. Hill, tallied 162 votes, according to the results. The top four Democratic vote-getters will advance to the general …
Saucon Valley residents took the polls Tuesday to vote for school board candidates. Below are the unofficial primary election results provided by Northampton County.
Ralph Puerta and Sandra Miller were the top vote-getters on the respective Republican and Democratic ballots in Tuesday's Saucon Valley School Board primary election race, according to unofficial results from Northampton County. A total of 11 candidates were cross-filed on both tickets, with the top four vote-getters from each side eligible to advance to the general election in November. According to the unofficial results, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the top four vote-getters among Republicans were: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the top four vote-getters among Democrats were: Therefore, the seven candidates advancing to the general election will be Puerta, Miller, Dowling, Reilly, Inghrim, Phillips and Lebkeucher. …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Bethlehem mayor will face off against Republican John Brown in November in Northampton County Executive race.
Northampton County Democrats appear to have chosen Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan as their pick for the next county executive. Unofficial results from the county election office showed Callahan leading challengers Glenn Reibman, the former executive, and county Councilman Lamont McClure. Results from WFMZ had Callahan winning 50 percent of the vote with 82 percent of precints reporting. Callahan will face Republican John Brown in this year's general election. Brown, the mayor of Bangor, had no opposition for his party's nomination. The winner will replace John Stoffa, who is not seeking re-election. All three Democratic candidates had campaigned on platforms that stressed economic development and the need to keep Gracedale—the county-owned …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Here's what you need to know about Tuesday's primary election in Hellertown, Lower Saucon Township and the Saucon Valley School District.
Tuesday, May 21 is primary election day in Pennsylvania. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Poll problems? Contact the Northampton County Office of Voter Registration at (610) 559-3055. Not sure where to vote? You can find your local polling place by entering your street address in a form on the Pennsylvania Department of State's website. Hellertown Borough Races Lower Saucon Township Race Saucon Valley School District Race Northampton County Race Useful link:
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Saucon Valley School Board primary features 11 cross-filed candidates running for four seats.
Voters have plenty of candidates to choose from in the Saucon Valley School Board primary on Tuesday. Eleven candidates—three incumbents and eight challengers—are running for four seats. All candidates are cross-filed. The top four vote-getters on each ticket will advance to the general election. If the same four candidates get the most votes on both the Republican and Democratic ballots, the election will essentially be decided in the primary barring any write-in campaigns in the fall. Patch sent questionnaires to the candidates and is posting the responses in their entirety. Click on the name of the candidate to read his/her questionnaire answers. Incumbents Challengers
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he's exploring another run for the Senate; Sestak narrowly lost to Pat Toomey in 2010.
A rematch between former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is in the works as Sestak announced Tuesday that he's exploring a run for the Senate in 2016. Democrat Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, lost narrowly to Republican Toomey in 2010. Sestak, of Delaware County, has formed an exploratory committee—the equivalent of launching a campaign in terms of Federal Elections Commission paperwork, according to a Washington Post report. Can Sestak beat Toomey? Who would you vote for if the Senate election was held today? Tell us in the comments section below. Tuesday's announcement ends speculation that Sestak, 61, is raising money to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Sestak raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year. A Sestak-…
Friday, May 10, 2013
Callahan, McClure and Reibman meet for third debate at Northampton Community College.
The three men who want to be Northampton County Executive touted their records—and attacked each others'—at their third debate Thursday night. Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, county Councilman Lamont McClure and former Executive Glenn Reibman are all seeking the Democratic nomination for executive in the May 21 primary. When they met Thursday—at an event sponsored by the Lehigh Valley League of Women Voters of Northampton County—the three candidates presented mostly similar platforms, stressing increased economic development and a need to keep the county nursing home Gracedale county owned. And they all said their past elected history is what makes them the right choice to become the county's next executive. "It's a very simple platform. I …
Monday, May 6, 2013
During a recent interview with the Express-Times editorial board, Northampton County Executive candidate Glenn Reibman talked about revisiting the idea of building an interchange at Route 378 and I-78 in Lower Saucon Township.
Although Lower Saucon Township residents fought a proposal to build an interchange at Route 378 and Interstate 78 nearly three decades ago, Democratic Northampton County Executive candidate Glenn Reibman said in a recent interview with the paper's editorial board that in his opinion it wouldn't hurt to revisit the idea. In the April 30 interview, Reibman said it was unclear why the interchange wasn't built when the interstate was constructed in the mid-late 1980s, and added that he would support a county-financed feasibility study before approaching the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) about the proposal. In a November 2009 "Road Warrior" column published by The Morning Call, Dan Hartzell states that the Route 378 …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Robert Phillips is one of 11 candidates running for Saucon Valley School Board in the May 21 primary.
Wednesday, May 1
Robert Phillips Age: 50 Family: Wife, Sarah. Two children attending Saucon Valley Elementary School. Political party affiliation: cross-filed. Tell us about your educational background: MBA, Moravian College. BS, Computer Science with a dual major in Communications, DeSales University. Tell us about your professional/business background: I have worked in the computer and communications industry since graduating from college. I have held assignments with increasing responsibilities in sales, sales management, marketing, and client management. Currently I am a Client Director for a number of Fortune 500 companies at AT&T. Why are you running for school board? I started attending school board meetings on a regular basis over…