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VOTERS GUIDE May 2017

VOTERS GUIDE May 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. SOON

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?

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

District 03-1-04
City of Bethlehem Ward 14; Hanover Township
Democratic/Republican
Cross-filed

PAUL SCHAFFER
http://paulschafferforjudge.com
BORN: 1956
EDUCATION: 1978, University fo Pittsburgh, B.A.; 1981, Ohio Northern University, J,D,
OCCUPATION: Attorney
QUALIFICATIONS: Active litigation for 35 years; Arbitrator, Northampton and Lehugh Courts of Common Pleas; Instructor, Continuing Legal Education; Litigation experience includes criminal and civil trials and hearings including personal injury cases, contract matters, landlord-tenent disputes and complex commercial litigation.
RESPONSE: The primary duty of a judge is to honestly and impartially decide each case according to the law and facts. Judicial independence means that a judge, in order to be impartial, must insulate himself from outside influences. Pennsylvania judges are prohibited from certain financial activities for this reason. Magisterial District Judges are permitted to maintain a limited law practice while in the office. I have Mde the decision that if elected, I will not continue to practice law.

VIVIAN ZUMAS
http://www.vivianzumasforjudge.com
BORN: 1975
EDUCATION: Notre Dame Elementary , 1981-1989; Bethlehem Catholic High School, class of 1993; DeSales University, B.A. 1997; Widener Univ. School of Law, J.D. J.D., 2000 OCCUPATION: Attorney
QUALIFICATIONS: Judicial Law Clerk, Superior Court NJ, 2000-2001; Deputy Attorney General, NJ 2001-2006. Assistant District Attorney, Northampton County, 2006-2009; Assistant Public Defender, Northampton County, 2009-present; Hanover Township Planning Commission, 2011 + present; Adjunct Professor at DeSales.
RESPONSE: Judicial independence is one of the most important foundations of our democracy. It means that in a courtroom, the weak are treated the same as the powerful, the poor are treated the same as the rich and the minority is treated the same as the majority. A judge's duty is to decide each and every case objectively and apply the law without any influence from others or outside factors. This is judicial independence.

MICHAEL RECCHIUTI
http://www.michaelforjudge.com
BORN: 1976
EDUCATION: 1995, Freedom High School; 1999, Penn State University, B.A.; 2003, Western New England College, School of Law, J.D.
OCCUPATION: Attorney at Law Offices of Michael D. Recchiuti, LLC QUALIFICATIONS: Practicing Attorney, 14 years; Bethlehem City Councilman, 4 years; Adjunct Professor, Northampton CC; Court Appointed Legal Guardian
RESPONSE For me the phrase implies that the judiciary must be free to make decisions solely on the law and facts of the case before them. A judge must set aside personal ideologies and beliefs, and outside political pressures, and simply decide the case before them on the law and the facts. Judicial independence enables our government's system of checks and balances to be its most effective, without it our democracy is weakened.

RAYMOND J. LYNN
BORN: 1962
EDUCATION: Liberty High School; Military Electronics School; Kutztown University, B.S.; Widener University, Juris Doctorate.
OCCUPATION: Attorney
QUALIFICATIONS: I have served honorably in the United States Military and have practiced law for decades.
RESPONSE: I have represented hundreds of individuals with cases or controversies in our court systems, including at the appellate level. Their concern is that the Judge is fair and impartial. I believe a Judge is exercising independence when he/she applies the facts to the applicable law without consideration to the parties; race, gender, economic status, position of authority, or any external political pressure. I will be such a Judge.

District 03-2-04
Hellertown; Lower Saucon Township
Democratic/Republican
Cross-filed

ALAN R. MEGE
https://www.facebook.com/MegeForMDJ
BORN: 1972
EDUCATION: 1994, Penn State, BA Administration of Justice; 1997, Dickinson School of Law, JD
OCCUPATION: Attorney; Adjunct Professor
QUALIFICATIONS: Attorney; Arbitrator for Court of Common Pleas and Better Business Bureau; Adjunct Professor; Board of Directors, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Judicial Law Clerk for Court of Common Pleas' Master and Special Prosecutor
RESPONSE: Judicial independence to me means that the public can be assured that a judge will apply the law evenly and is free from interference or other obligations. The public should be reassured that they will not find themselves in Court before a Judge who has received a campaign contribution check from the opposing party in their case. I am the only candidate for the position that is not seeking or accepting contributions from anyone.

ROBERT MATEFF
http://www.mateff4mdj.com
BORN: 1966
EDUCATION: DeSales University, B.A. Criminal Justice; University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Certificate in Preparedness Leadership.
OCCUPATION: Public Safety Consultant
QUALIFICATIONS: Deputy Sheriff: Responsible for executing civil judgements, emergency protection orders and criminal arrests; Director of Emergency Management Services: Helped to establish the first 911 center in Northampton County; Coordinated emergency response
RESPONSE: The concept of judicial independence is to insure the Magisterial District Judge is free from influence from legislative and executive power. This independence promotes confidence in the office for decisions which are fair and impartial. Once elected, I will uphold the dignity of the office by providing access to an effective system of justice for every citizen. Every individual who enters the courtroom will be treated with courtesy, dignity and respect.

JAMES W. HILL
http://www.HillForDistrictJudge.com
BORN: 1972
EDUCATION: 1994, Lehigh University, B.A.; 2000, Penn State-Dickinson School of Law, J.D.
OCCUPATION: Attorney (16+ years)
QUALIFICATIONS: Attorney; Hellertown Borough Councilman; Saucon Rail Trail Commissioner; Civil Service Commissioner; Hellertown Historical Society, Director & lifetime member; Devoted Hellertown Lions Club member, Former PA State Constable & lifelong area resident.
RESPONSE: Basically, Judicial independence refers to judges not being swayed by ourside pressure or influence, and making impartial decisions based only on the facts and the law. Judges should first be lawyers, well trained in the law,. However, to avoid conflicts of interest, a sitting judge shouldn't practice law. Therefore, I intend to close my law practice to focus 100% on being a Judge. You deserve a full-time Magisterial District Judge who will make you proud.

DAVID A REPYNECK
http://Facebook.com/repyneckformd
BORN: 1968
EDUCATION: 1991 BA CJ, DeSales University; 2009 MA CJ, DeSales University; 2016 Certificate HR Management , Cedar Crest College
OCCUPATION: Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice LCCC.
QUALIFICATIONS: 2015/2016 Cert/Recert by PA Minor Judiciary Education Board; Oer 30 years experience in Adult/Juvenile Justice and service; Military service at national, state, and county levels.
RESPONSE: Judicial independence to me, means the ability and responsibility of the Judge to act independently; free from any influence of the other branches of government and/or outside interests. Making the right decision bases on the law and/or case law.

District 03-2-11
City of Bethlehem, Wards 5, 15, 16, 17: Freemansburg
Democratic/Republican
Cross-filed

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.

JON WHITTINGTON
Candidate did not respond

WILL POWER
https://wqww.facebook.com/Will-Power-for-District-Judge- 719525344879071
BORN: 1966
EDUCATION: Freedom High School 1984; Studied Law and Criminal Justice at Temple University and Moravian College 1984-86; Dean's List Honoree Moravian College, B.A.s in Political Science and Business Management 1992; Earned Professional Teaching Certification , Moravian 1998
OCCUPATION: Seasonal laborer, husband, and father
QUALIFICATIONS: Lifetime resident of Lehigh Valley; Education listed above.
RESPONSE A District Judge cannot claim "independence" when he has close associations to law firms, or has been a police officer or constable. Judicial independence means avoiding ALL connections to ethical and financial impropriety linked to the responsibility of a Judge. I am the most independent man in this judicial contest. Will Power has honor. My honor I will forever keep. I cannot and will not be bought. Not for any price. Not by anyone.

Democrat
FREDERICK J. LAHOVSKI, JR.
BORN: 1968
EDUCATION: 2006, Alvernia University, B.A. Criminal Justice
OCCUPATION: Police Officer, Human Services Caseworker
QUALIFICATIONS: 22 years of law enforcement services as a Patrol Officer, Corporal, Detective, and Chief of Police; 30 years experience servicing the mental health, mental retardation, aging, drug & alcohol affected populations as a direct care and casework professional; Honorably discharged U.S.M.C. veteran.
RESPONSE: Paramount to the concept of government checks and balances is a necessity that each entity operate within its respective realm of expertise and without special interest influences. This endeavor is facilitated by positioning the best candidate in the decision making and oversight roles. This individual must apply the culmination of life's experience and education, while taking account of the legal and societal standards in mitigating the conflict between individual and/or groups thus creating judicial independence.

District 03-2-12
City of Easton Wards 7 & 8: Wilson; West Easton Boroughs
Democratic/Republican
Cross-filed

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 Cross-filed

DOUGLAS SCHLEGEL, Sr.
BORN: 1959
EDUCATION: Towanda High School, 1977; BA Indiana University of Penna, 981
OCCUPATION: Magisterial District Judge
QUALIFICATIONS: Held this position for the last 5 years; Presided over many Criminal, Civil, Landlord/Tenant. Truancy cases; Retired Lieutenant Easton Police 2006, Bushkill Township officer 5 years valuing Community Policing; Fair, Impartial, Honest, Dedicated.
RESPONSE: This phrase means treating everyone who enters my courtroom with dignity and respect, listening fairly to what is said in testimony, and making a decision based on the facts, without any predjudice, political party affiliation, or any other influence. Make a decision on the facts of the case, and the law.

DAVID J. JORDAN, Jr.
BORN: 1957
EDUCATION: 1978, Villanova University, B.A. Economics; 1981, Villanova Law School
OCCUPATION: Attorney
QUALIFICATIONS: I am the only licensed attorney running for this position and I have 35 years as a general practice lawyer with the last 23 years representing people n the Slate belt.
RESPONSE: To me it means listening to the facts of each case and applying the law to reach a decision without preference to anyone because of social standing, political party, occupation, financial condition or any other outside influence.

MICHAEL A. ONDILLA
http://www.VoteOndillaForJudge.com
BORN: 1979
EDUCATION: 2001, Moravian College, B.A.; 2005, Widener University + Delaware Law School, J.D.
OCCUPATION: Sales Tax Associate/Consultant/Attorney
QUALIFICATIONS: J.D. Degree; Passed PA Bar; Judicial Law Clerk for Judge Leonard N. Zito; Estate Attorney; Evidentiary Discovery Attorney; A former Editor on the Widener Law Review.
RESPONSE: Judicial independence is the freedom of the judicial process from any outside influences, whether they are political, governmental, or private interests. Having an independent judicial system aids in the protection of those rights guaranteed to every individual by our Constitution. Keeping improper outside influences away from the judicial system ensures each party coming before the court a fair and impartial application of our laws to the facts presented.

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
Cross-filed

CODY HENDERSHOT
BORN: 1982
EDUCATION: 2001 Bangor High School; 2005, Moravian College, B.A. Criminal Justice
OCCUPATION: K-9 Handler/Patrolman for Colonial Regional Police Department
QUALIFICATIONS: Apply the laws of the Commonwealth and mitigate civil disputes daily; Moral fortitude, common sense, and a proven ability to hear all sides of a disagreement
RESPONSE: Not being subjected to pressure and influences grants me the freedom to make impartial decisions bases solely on fact and law, not the people involved or any affiliation that they may have. My goal as a District Judge is to do more than keep our neighborhoods safe and resolve disputes justly, with integrity and accountability. It is to come down from the bench and make our community a stronger, better place for all of us.

TONY LUPO
http://www.lupoforjudge.com
BORN: 1972
EDUCATION: 1994, Shippensburg, B.S. Criminal Justice; 1997, Pa State Constable Certification; 2009, NCCC Small Business Management course; 2016, Minor Judiciary Education Board, Magisterial District Judge Certification
OCCUPATION: Owner of Custom Elite Builders, 2007-present
QUALIFICATIONS: Case Manager for Juvenile Delinquents 3 years; Pa Constable 1 year; Owned and operated Custom Elite Builders 10 years; MDJ certified
RESPONSE: Judicial Independence is the ability to make decisions in the court room without undue influence or pressure from political, corporate, family and friends. One easy way for a Judge to keep their independence is to not accept campaign contribution through a committee. This ensures that the Judge elected to office would not be beholden to the money that may have helped get them elected. By not taking donations from anyone I will have true Judicial Independence

JASON A. LaBAR
Facebook.Committee to elect Jason LaBar
BORN: 1977
EDUCATION: 2000, Wagner College, B.A. Political Science; 2004, Widener School of Law
OCCUPATION: Attorney, Monroe County Public Defender's Office
QUALIFICATIONS: 2004, PA Bar Association; 2007, Monroe County Bar Association; 2007-present, Monroe County PD; Over 30 trials, including multiple homicides; multiple appearances before Superior and Supreme Court; Capital Certification.
RESPONSE: The Judiciary duties are to interpret and apply the laws as written. Courts should not be subject to undue influence from the executive, legislative, or constituents. The system of a democracy has the judiciary in a vital role and the courts must remain impartial to appear to the public and citizens will be treated equally in court. This system ensures judicial independence, free from outside influences and pressures.

TY J. COMUNALE
Candidate did not respond

HEATHER FEHNEL
Candidate did not respond

ALICIA R. ZITO
Candidate did not respond

Republican

DOMINICK MARRACCINI
http://dom4judge.wordpress.com
BORN: 1970
EDUCATION: BA Criminology/Pre-Law, Indiana Univ. of PA 1996
OCCUPATION: Police Sergeant, City of Easton
QUALIFICATIONS: Police Officer, 20 years; Police Sgt. 5 years.
RESPONSE: The position of judge should not be influenced upon by other branches of the government or by any outside parties, persons, or agencies. Judges should rule fairly and impartially but also with common sense and reasonableness. Judges should be able to rule independently without regard to a person's race, ethnicity, political affiliations, gender, sexual preference or socio-economic status.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

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

COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Term: 4 years. Vote for one

Democrat
LAMONT G. McClure

Republican JOHN BROWN

COUNTY COUNCIL
AT LARGE

Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than five

Democrat
PETER MELAN
WILLIAM McGEE
RONALD R. HECKMAN
LORI VAGO HEFFNER
TARA M. ZRINSKI

Republican

HAYDEN R.PHILLIPS
RON ANGLE
GLENN GEISSINGER
PEG FERRARO
SETH VAUGHN

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
ERIC EVANS
BRYAN CALLAHAN
ADAM WALDRON
OLGA NEGRON

Republican
No candidates

CITY OF EASTON
MAYOR

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
TERRENCE MILLER
http://ourturnww.com
BORN: 1960
EDUCATION: Graduated Westwood Regional High School, 1979
OCCUPATION: Community Activist 13 years.
QUALIFICATIONS: Easton Ethics Board Chairman, 3 years; West Ward Neighborhood Partnership + Physical Quality, 2 years; Route 222 Corridor Anti-Gang Initiative Prevention Chairman Easton, 3 years; Northampton County Drug & Alcohol Advisory Board, 7 years; Community Activist, 13 years.
RESPONSE: Easton's West Ward has no plan to overcome current concerns or posture for future growth. Working with residents, we need to build a strategy to attract small businesses citizens want and need + like an affordable grocery store; convert troubled rental properties into single family homes; and create vibrant neighborhoods by implementing strategies to reduce escalating drug dealing; engage youth through employment; slow down traffic and foster neighborhood empowerment.

JIM EDINGER
BORN: 1958
EDUCATION: Graduate of Easton High School 1976
OCCUPATION: retired carpenter
QUALIFICATIONS: Current member of Easton City Council for District 2 Chairman of City Administration Committee Chairman, Easton Zoning Hearing Board for 20 years Resident of the west ward for 33 years
RESPONSE: Enhancing the quality of life programs by implementing the solutions and working with the residents to help accomplish them. One other issue is helping to find more programs for first-time home ownership and provide the funds needed to rehabilitate their homes which will help stabilize the neighborhood. Help facilitate the growth from Downtown to the West Ward by offering incentives and finding grants to spur the creation of new businesses that residents can affordably use.

Republican
No candidates

District 3
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat

SANDRA ALERCIA VULCANO
BORN: 1952
EDUCATION: Easton Area High School, 1970; AAS Northampton Community College, 1972; BBA Banking, Amstead University, 2002.
OCCUPATION: PA Vital Records Registrar; Easton Council Person.
QUALIFICATIONS: Easton City Council, 2002-present; currently Vice Mayor; current Chair Economic Development Committee of Council; Business owner - Profit Fund Raising & Specialty Sales; Easton School Board, 1999-2001.
RESPONSE: City Council is always looking to keep taxes and services fees flat through economic development projects, luring new businesses and residents to our city. Our many festivals and attractions such as the State Theater and Crayola Experience together with our many businesses are rounding out our city with the various services they offer. We have kept our city safe by trying to keep our police and fire departments to full compliment and clean with our Ambassador and Street Sweeping Programs. My hope is to keep our residents proud of the city they live in and to attract visitors who would like to live and work in Easton.

TAIBA SULTANA
https://taibasultana nationbuilder.com
BORN: 1983
EDUCATION: High School diploma from government high school 2000; Associates degree in 2002; and under graduate in commerce 2006.
OCCUPATION: Employee of Phillipsburg School District
QUALIFICATIONS: Although I hold school, college degree I believe that leadership is not matter of mind but its matter of heart if you can feel the pain of your people then you can bring the concerns.
RESPONSE: Law and order,unemployment, and health are 3 major issues of the community. I want to implement the effective system of community policing. An interaction between policing and local community to control the crime. /// South Side Easton has higher unemployment rate. People need jobs. Need to motivate investors and state government to bring their investment in this neighborhood. I promote the idea of universal health care for all. That's right of all humans, not privilege and not a profitable business.

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

Republican
GERALD MONTANARI
BRUCE A. FRACK

BETHLEHEM
TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONER
Term: 4 years; Vote for one

2nd Ward
Democrat
MICHAL HUDAK

Republican
No candidates

4th Ward
Democrat
PHILIP GREIESHABER

Republican
PAUL D. WEISS
Candidate did not respond

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
No candidates

Republican
JULIANNE BENDER
CAROLYN HILL

EAST ALLEN
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years; Vote for not more than two

Democrat
ERIC T. YOCUM

Republican
BRIAN BUDRAITIS
BORN: 1983
EDUCATION: Graduate Emmaus High School, 2001; B.A. King's College, 2005 OCCUPATION: Deputy Sheriff
QUALIFICATIONS: While I may br new to politics, I am not new to real-life experience. I pledge to use all of my experiences to guide me in making the best decisions for the citizens of East Allen Township.
RESPONSE: As a lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley, I have witnessed industrial parks sprout out of cornfields, seemingly overnight. Our goal is to do everything in our power to keep these warehouses OUT OF East Allen Township. Working with Northampton County to designate space as Preserved Farmland is one of our strongest options. Industrial Zoning is not what we want and our campaign can be summed up in three simple words + Keep It Rural!

EDWARD HEISER
Candidate did not respond

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; AFSME 2592 Local President and Board of Directors President; government 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 only to commercial use; not highering taxes by applying for state grants; vote against building more warehouses; work on traffic issues & rebuild infrastructure.

JANICE BUSKIRK
Candidate did not respond

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.

FORKS
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years; Vote for one

Democrat
EDWARD W. KEEGAN

Republican
DANIEL J. MARTYAK

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
No candidates

Republican
MICHAEL F. JONES
CINDY MILLER

Term: 4 years, Vote for 1

Democrat
JEFFREY A. DOLL
Candidate did not respond

BLAIN HOLDEN
EDUCATION: B.S. Education, Kutztown, 1975
OCCUPATION: Retired
QUALIFICATIONS: Appointed to the Township board to fill an open Supervisor position; Running to fill out the term. Township resident, 38 years; Unite4d States Coast Guard Gunner's Mate Vietnam + Search & Rescue; Owned Elliott-James Countertops; Board member Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association; Co-founder "Honey for Heroes" non=profit (pending) raising money for Veteran organizations; Treasurer Viet Nam Vets MC.
RESPO0NSE:I believe the major concern in Lehigh Township is the management of development, both commercial and residential and the automobile and truck traffic associated with growth. I will listen to the concerns of the Township citizens, seek input from Zoning, Planning and our Solicitor and act in the best interest of the citizens of the township.

PHILIP GOGEL
BORN: not given
EDUCATION: Northampton County Community College (Bio./Chem.); Berks Career & Technology Center (Electrical Journeyman Program, 4 years)
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 rolls.
RESPONSE: As a long time resident in Lehigh Township with many family and friends in the area. I want to be elected to serve and benefit the community that I live in. Also I do feel that the current supervisors are very competent and knowledgeable. I understand that there is a vacancy on the Lehigh Township Board and I would be honored to serve.

CINDY MILLER
BORN: 1959
EDUCATION: MBA Wilkes University; BS Shippensburg University; Paralegal Certificate Penn State University; Slartington High School
OCCUPATION: Commercial Realtor
QUALIFICATIONS: Lehigh Township Supervisor, 6 years; Walnutport Tax Collector, 4 years; Lehigh Township Planning Commission, 15 years.
RESPONSE: Manage finances while maintaining infrastructure and meeting the demands of unfunded mandates from state and county government/departments/agencies. My first term, spearheaded 10-year capital improvement plan that guides budget and fiscal accountability: Obtained $800,000 in state funds. Improve Cherryville intersection, website developed, passed ordinances, road weight restrictions, reduced speed limits, right of ways, stormwater, traffic impact fees, new zone for job creation.

LOWER MT. BETHYL
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years; Vote for not more than two

Democrat
SANDRA NEWMAN

Republican
No candidate

LOWER NAZARETH
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years;
Vote for not more than two

Democrat
GERALD R. GREEN
LEROY C. BICKERT JR.

Republican
No candidate

LOWER SAUCON
TOWNSHIP COUNCILMAN
Term: 4 years;
Vote for not more than two

Democrat
RYAN STAUFFER

Republican
RON HORISZNY
GLENN KERN

MOORE
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years; Vote for one

Democrat
RANDOLPH EMERY
Candidate did not respond

LYLE D. WOODARD
Candidate did not respond

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
RANDY C. SILFIES
Facebook/Randy C. Silfies for Moore Twp. Supervisor
BORN: 1959
EDUCATION: Graduate Northampton 1977
OCCUPATION: Owner/Operator R. C. Silfies Roofing Contractor
QUALIFICATIONS: Moore Township Zoning Board + 10 years; Business owner in Moore Twp. + 30 years.
RESPONSE The condition of our roads is the major issue in this election. I will bring my strong work ethics and work alongside township employees to diligently and responsibly improve, repair, and maintain the roads and infrastructure of Moore Township.

DAVID TASHNER SR.
BORN: 1948
EDUCATION: Northampton High School, 1966; Northampton County Community College 1969.
OCCUPATION: Road Superintendent
QUALIFICATIONS: Township Supervisor, 5 years; Zoning Board, 9 years; Construction, 45 years; Decorated Army Veteran; Former Township Policeman; Klecknersville Rangers Fire Police Lieutenant; Class A COL; FEMA Incident Management Training; Penna DOT, Roads Scholar; Penn State, Dirt Gravel Road Maintenance.
RESPONSE: The roads continue to be an issue because it is the one physical thing we see every day. Although we are on the right course of action using the correct materials for the wearing surfaces over an unstable road base, progress has been slow due to budget constraints. The only way to make this process go faster is to accept the cold hard facts of needing more revenue and dedicating it to the roads.

DAVID M. LACK
Candidate did not respond

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
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.

ANN MARIE PANELLA
BORN: 1951
EDUCATION: B.A. Chemistry Education, St. John's University, 1974; M.S.Ed. Counseling Long Island University, 1978.
OCCUPATION: Administrator Lehigh Valley Adult Services
QUALIFICATIONS: Township Supervisor, 2000 to present; Liaison to Environmental Steering Community and the Uniform and Non Union Pension Community; AAUW; Kiwanis Club of Palmer, Secretary of Human Resources Management.
RESPONSE: Today and always I will be a voice for those who need someone to stand up for them. I have spent my life as an advocate for those who need someone to speak for them. My dedication to the Senior Citizens, Veterans, working class and the teens and children of our community will never end.

Republican
No candidate

PLAINFIELD
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat
No candidate

Republican
STEPHEN J. HURNI
JANE MELLERT

UPPER MT. BETHEL
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years; Vote for not more than two

Democrat
No candidate

Republican
LARRY HALLETT
Candidate did not respond

ROBERT TEEL
Candidate did not respond

FREDERICK FARLEIGH
Candidate did not respond

JERRY W. GEAKE
Candidate did not respond

JOE BATTILLO
Candidate did not respond

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 Commitee 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

UPPER NAZARETH
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years; Vote for not more than two

Democrat
No candidates

Republican
SCOTT SYLVAINUS
Candidate did not respond

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 Corps Reserve (1995-2001) Communications
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

Republican
STACY DIEHL

WILLIAMS
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years;
Vote for one

Democrat
MIKE BRYANT

Republican
FRED MEBUS

Boroughs

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY BOROUGHS

BANGOR
MAYOR
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
BROOKE KERZNER
Candidate did not respond

DAVE HOUSER
BORN: 1951
EDUCATION: Pen Argyl Area HS grad 1969; U.S. Air Force = Veteran
OCCUPATION:Retired: N.J. Human Services employee ( 34 years).
QUALIFICATIONS: 6 plus years as a Bangor Borough Council Rep. of 4th Ward; Bangor Boro Council Appointee to Slate Belt Council of Government; Bangor BoroCouncil appointee to Bangor Boro Authority
RESPONSE: Open government and transparency are what I will demand as Mayor. Leadership is crucial to a towns successful community goals, public safety is paramount and finding solutions to are all the issues facing our residents and business owners. Citizens right to know is my goal and the business of government must be available to all the payers.

Republican
ROBERT J. RHODES JR.

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Ward 1
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
LISA A FOGEL

Republican
ROBERT J. RHODES JR.

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

Republican
JAMES W. KRESGE

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

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 Congress.
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.

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.

HARRELL J. SETER
Candidate did not respond

MICHELLE EHRGOTT
Candidate did not respond

Republican
MICHAEL D. REPH

CHAPMAN
MAYOR
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

No candidates

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

Democrat
No Candidates

Republican
No candidates

Term: 2 years
Vote for one

Democrat
No Candidates

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
No Candidates

Republican
No candidates

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

Democrat
No Candidates

Republican
No candidates

HELLERTOWN
MAYOR
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
DAVID J. HEINTZELMAN

Republican
No candidate

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

Democrat
THOMAS J. REIGER
JAMES W. HILL

Republican
No candidates

NAZARETH
MAYOR
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
LANCE E. COLONDO

Republican
No candidate

BOROUGH COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

1ST WARD
Vote for one

Democrat
CHRISTOPHER D. CROOK

Republican
No candidate

2ND WARD
Vote for one

Democrat
JESSICA. GYULAI TEEL

Republican
No candidate

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

Democrat
CHARLES A. DONELLO

Republican
CARL STRYE JR.

NORTHAMPTON
MAYOR
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
JOHN JAKE YURISH
https://www.facebook.com/yurishformayor/
BORN: 1949
EDUCATION: Associate's Degree, Northampton Community College; graduate Northampton Area Senior H.S. 1967
OCCUPATION: Retired, trucking industry
QUALIDICATIONS: 12 years borough council (8 as president), past president Northampton Exchange Club; health board member; board of Trustees Atlas Cement Museum; former board member Northampton Memorial Community Center, former chair Northampton Community Days Fair; former chair Jack Frost parade///
RESPONSE: Yurish seeks to represent the borough in a positive way that enhances Northampton's reputation in the eyes of the surrounding communities and throughout the region; improve communication between the police department, council and the mayor's office; enhance transparency; and increase accessibility to the mayor by all constituents. Yurish is a strong proponent of term limits and looks forward to the opportunity to work closely with borough council to provide residents with the needs/services they deserve.

THOMAS D. REENOCK
BORN: 1940
EDUCATION: Northampton High School, 1958; U.S. Air Force, 4 years; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 375, apprenticeship training 4 years
OCCUPATION: Retired from IBEW
QUALIFICATIONS: Mayor, 24 years; Council President, 9 years; Councilman, 9 years; Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of PA Board Member, 10 years; President, 2 years
RESPONSE: A Mayor should represent, speak out, work efficiently, spend tax dollars wisely, and seek good responsible government. My ambitions have always been for the Borough and I've dedicated my life working with the Borough and community groups to achieve our goals. In our Community of Unity I want to use my forty-two years' experience to serve the needs of the community and assist in leading the borough for a productive future.

Republican
No candidate

BOROUGH COUNCIL

1ST WARD
Vote for one

Democrat Republican No candidates

2nd WARD
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
KATHRYN NOVOGRATZ

Republican
TONY PRISTASH

3rd WARD
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
No candidates

Republican
ROBERT J. McHale

4th WARD
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
JOHN JOSEPH YANEK
CHERIE D. GEBHARDT
JOSEPH T. KEGLOVITS

Republican
PETER T. PAONE
MARK. S. GIOIELLI

PEN ARGYL

MAYOR
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
No candidate

Republican
MIKE SABATINE

BOROUGH COUNCIL
1st WARD
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
BRIAN D. GOLD SR.

Republican
No candidates

2nd WARD
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
No candidate

Republican
JOSEPH LeDONNE

3RD WARD
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
DEAN C. MINNICH

Republican
JOSEPHINE C. HILDABRANT

4TH WARD
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
JOSEPH C. ANGELINI

Republican
No candidates

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

Democrat
NICHOLAS MARTINO JR.

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

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
ROBIN DAVIS
ROSEMARIE WENTZELBERGER

Republican
ERIC WENTZELBERGER

TATAMY
MAYOR
Term: four year
Vote for one

Democrat
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

Democrat
JENNIFER L. WENTZ Dr

Republican
WILLIAM TURK
PATRICE HUNSICKER
AARON KROMER
JOAN REHRIG

Term: 2 years
Vote for one

Democrat
No candidates

Republican
NANCY A. TRESKOT

WEST EASTONMAYOR
Term: four years
Vote for one

Democrat
DAN DePaul
BORN: 1945
EDUCATION: Graduate Easton High School 1963
OCCUPATION: Retired small business owner; currently West Easton Council President
QUALIFICATIONS: Council President, Councilman 20 yrs., Chairman Zoning Board 5 yrs; served on Financial, Safety, Property, Grant, Legal, Recreation, Utilities Committees; Chairman Northampton County Appeals Board 4 yrs.; Vice-chairman Northampton County Democratic Party 4 yrs.
RESPONSE: To elect Council members who understand and put together a budget. The 2016 new Council has accomplished countless achievements, from extended office hours, new manager, office staff to legal professionals. Balanced budget and a new bank institution that pays higher interest; Re-pave and re-surfaced all roads in three years. Physically cleaning up properties of vacant houses, and helping senior citizens with disabilities. Future plans are to start a part-time police department.

Republican
No Candidate

Borough Council
Term : 4years
Vote for not more than four

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.

BETTY-JO BONNERS
Candidate did not respond

THOMAS NODOLINE
Candidate did not respond

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.

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.

Republican
TRICIA MEZZACAPPA

WILSON
MAYOR
Term: four years
Vote for one

Democrat
DONALD R. BARRETT JR.

Republican
No candidate

 

BOROUGH COUNCIL
1st WARD
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
JOHN J. BURKE IV

Republican
LOUIS STARNIRI

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

Democrat
JEFFREY BRACKEN

Republican
LEONARD FEINBERG

3RD WARD
Term: 4 years
Vote for one

Democrat
DAVID L. JONES

Republican
MARY ANN SOFRONIE

WIND GAP
MAYOR
Term: four years
Vote for one

Democrat
Republican
No candidates

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

Democrat
No candidate

Republican
DAVID E. VALLEY
DAVID HESS

School Districts

SCHOOL DIRECTORS

Candidates were asked to provide Education, Occupation and Qualifications for the position, and respond to the question:

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

EASTON AREA (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
Vote for one

Democrat/Republican

BRIAN SNYDER
https://www.facebook.com/snyder2017
BORN: 1969
EDUCATION: B.A. University od Pittsburgh, 1991; M.S. DeSales University, 2004.
OCCUPATION: College Instructor ( Computer Science)
QUALIFICATIONS: EASD School Board Director, June 2014-Nov. 2015; Council President, St. Andrew's ELCA, Palmer, 2013; Treasurer, Lehigh Valley Amateur Radio Club, 2011-present; Cub Scout Asst. Den Leader; Father of three children enrolled in the district.
RESPONSE: The biggest issues for the EASD-Palmer are is proposed capital projects that will exceed $100 million. That plan includes modernizing Tracy and the rebuilding of Palmer Elementary. Such projects will help keep Palmer a vibrant, modern community. We all have a stake; strong schools build strong communities. As a board director representing Palmer Township, as well as being a parent and taxpayer, I will work most prudently for what benefits all EASD students and our citizenry.

BILL WHITMAN
BORN: 1953
EDUCATION: Easton Area High School, diploma 1971; Kutztown State College, B.S. 1976; East Stroudsburg University, Masters Ed. Admin. 2000
OCCUPATION: Retired as an administrator from the Easton Area School District.
QUALIFICATIONS: I feel I am qualified to serve on the Easton Area School Board due to my 24 years employment with the district and my strong commitment to the students of the Easton Area School District.
RESPONSE: In my view, the major issue in this campaign is insuring the delivery of a quality education to the students in the district while operating with a fiscally sound budget.

REGION II
Riegelsville, 2nd, 4th , 5th, 9th,10th, 11th and 12th Wards of the city of Easton
Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than two

Democrat
THOMAS E. GUTH, JR.
SUSAN HARTRANFT-BITTINGER

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
Vote for not more than two

Democrat/Republican
Cross-filed

MEG SAYAGO
http://www.facebook.com/SayagoForSchools
BORN: 1979
EDUCATION: Nazareth Area High School, 1997; B.S.Ed Social Studies Education, Millersville University, 2001; Masters of Library Information Science, Rutgers University, 2005
OCCUPATION: School Librarian, Lehigh Valley Academy
QUALIFICATIONS: Working mom of two children enrolled in the Easton Area School District; Fifteen years in public education; Commitment to successful public schools
RESPONSE: Easton is a strong community with excellent schools. More must be done to enhance and promote Easton's AAA strengths (Academics, Arts, and Athletics); to support school and public libraries; to expand student health and wellness programs related to nutrition, physical activity, career guidance, and emotional health; and to increase Easton's competitiveness in the school choice environment through outreach and innovation.

Republican

George M. Chando Home Address: 605 Fraser Drive, Easton, Pa 18040 Business Address:Phillipsburg School District,50 Sargent Ave. Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Telephone: 610-972-7974 (Cell)
Email: gmchando@hotmail.com Campaign Website: http://www.facebook.com/GMC4BOE
Year of Birth:1953
Candidate for: School Director: Region 3
Easton Area School District Qualifications: Education: Phillipsburg High School + 1971 B.A. Glassboro State College + 1975 M. Educ. Admin. Lehigh University + 1980 Current Occupation: Superintendent of Schools + Phillipsburg School District

Qualifications for This Office:

Professional educator for 42 years
Served as a teacher, coach, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools.
  • Experience in curriculum and instruction, creating and managing school district budgets, and facility planning and management.
  • Responsible for overseeing the construction of the new Phillipsburg High School and the grades 1- 8 Facilities Transition Plan. PART 2 + Question: "What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?" Public education is facing many critical financial issues and it is important to ensure the needs of the students are addressed while maintaining a sense of fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers. The EASD continues to face facility issues and must balance those costs while still providing a quality educational program to prepare students for the future. If elected, I plan to use my vast amount of experience to ensure students continue to receive a quality education at an affordable price.

    JASON L. SIMMS Candidate did not respond

    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/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.

ANGELA T.SINKLER
BORN: 1966
EDUCATION: Bethlehem HS 1984; University of Delaware 1988, BSN
OCCUPATION: Registered Nurse, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Open Heart Unit
QUALIFICATIONS: School Director: Bethlehem Area SD, Dec. 2013 + present; Bethlehem Area Vocational and Technical School, January 2016 + present; School Board Curriculum Committee Chairperson, Dec, 2015 + present.
RESPONSE: Public Education. My goal is to insure that all children in the BASD continue to be provided with excellent educational opportunities. This will occur by working with the BASD team to support evolving initiatives in public education while balancing fiscal responsibility to the community, which includes working for charter accountability.

Republican
JOHN F. GALLAGHER
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Region 1
Term: 4 years
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ROGELIO ORTIZ

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
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KENNETH L. BREWER JR.
BORN: 1949
EDUCATION: Graduate Bangor High School + 1967
OCCUPATION: Retired
QUALIFICATIONS: Lower Mt. Bethel Twp. Supervisor, 6 yrs; Member of Economical Development Assoc.; School Board 6 years, current member.
RESPONSE: Keeping a line hold on taxes is always my major priority. . Holding rates as close to 0% as feasible so there is no burden for those on a fixed income. My vision is for the Bangor School District is for it to be a "model school" in both academics and in extra-curricular activities.. I want to see "All" of our students receiving the best education possible, with the best materials, teachers, administrators and extra-curricular personnel.

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
RESPONSE: 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.

BOB CARTWRIGHT
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TERRY TOTH
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JASON M. ALBERT
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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
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REGION II Lower Nazareth Township & Upper Nazareth Eastern District
Term: 4 years
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DARRELL W. CROOK
BORN: 1945
EDUCATION: Hanover High School, 1963; East Stroudsburg University, B.S. 1967; Shippensburg University, M.Ed. 1970; Lehigh University, Elementary Principal Certification, 1978; Lehigh University, Superintendent Letter of Eligibility, 1992.
OCCUPATION: Retired
QUALIFICATIONS: Incumbent 2009-2017, Nazareth Area School board; Nazareth Area School Board, 1985-1997
RESPONSE: The major issue in this campaign continues to be providing a quality and affordable education to our children. Our Nazareth School District has been blessed with a highly successful educational program due to the efforts of our students, parents, and staff. To maintain our accomplishments, we must provide quality programs and technology that will assist our children to be successful post high school.

JODI MAMMANA
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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.

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

NORTHAMPTON AREA
SCHOOL DIRECTORS

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

Term: 2 years
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JOHN BECKER

REGION II Borough of Northampton and East Allen Township
Term: 4 years
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CHARLES F. FRANTZ JR.
ROSS MAKARY

REGION III
Boroughs of Chapman and Bath and Moore Township
Term: 4 years
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CHUCK LONGACRE

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

REGION I
Pen Argyl Borough
Term: 4 years
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LISA M. HACKMAN
HEATHER HAHN

Republican
ETHAN HABRIAL

Term: 2 years
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HEATHER HAHN

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 sons education.

REGION II Plainfield Township
Term: 4 years
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ROBERT C. RUTT

REGION III Wind Gap Borough
Term: 4 years
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JOSEPH GENNUSA

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

MATTHEW MILLIREN
http://www.millren4schoolboard.org
BORN: 1972
EDUCATION: Diploma Greenville Senior High School, 1990; B.S. Millersville University, 1994
OCCUPATION: Database Administrator
QUALIFICATIONS: President of the Consistory of First UCC Hellertown for 2 years; Vice Chair of the Planning Commissions for 10 years; Treasurer of Saucon Valley Music Connection for 1 year
RESPONSE: I feel that one of the major issues in the campaign is that the school board is not cooperatively working with the Teachers, Students, or the Community. This has been demonstrated time and time again in their interactions with the public at meetings. One of my goals would be to reestablish the communication that needs to take place between the board and the community

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CEDRIC DETTMAR
http://www.cedricdettmar.org
BORN: 1960
EDUCATION: B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1982; M.B.A. UCLA 1989
OCCUPATION: Small business owner Executive responsible for a $25 million business, 100 employees; Saucon Valley Foundation +raised $30K+corporate donations for our schools; SV Middle School Math Club Coach, 3 years.
QUALIFICATIONS: SV Board meetings: attend and speak regularly as a parent since 2010; Executive responsible for $25 million business, 100 employees; Saucon Valley Foundation + raised $30K+ corporate donations for our schools; SV Middle School Math Club, 3 years.
RESPONSE: Saucon Valley is facing economic challenge. Pennsylvania takes more while our citizens have less to give. I have the business experience to manage the schools while defending us taxpayers. SV schools are good, but often not perceived that way. I will work to get us out of the national media, improve communication with the community and change school programs to bring distinction. This will increase our property values without adding to the budget.

SANDRA MILLER
BORN: 1961
EDUCATION: High School, Saucon Valley; BA and Masters of Public Administration, Penn State University.
OCCUPATION: Property manager; Consultant for the Campaign for Fair Education Funding
QUALIFICATIONS: School Director at Saucon Valley School District At-Large 12 years.
RESPONSE: All schools are facing difficult fiscal situations and we need to ensure that all stakeholders are represented when making decisions. The need to balance smart fiscal decisions with support of a quality school district is paramount to maintain property values and an excellent school system. I believe my experience will assist the district as we move ahead during our transitions with administrators and with tougher fiscal constraints. Our district is an asset to our community

JACK DOWLING
BORN: 1947
EDUCATION:; Walsh University, 1969, B.A., Business; Rutgers University, 1976. M.B.A.
OCCUPATION: Retired corporate executive
QUALIFICATIONS Senior level corporate positions, 20 years; 3 years college instructor; Board of Directors: St. Luke's Hospital, 8 years; Muhlenberg College, 10 years; Walsh University 8 years; Saucon Valley School Board 3 years.. Other boards: Good Shepherd Hospital, 10 years.
RESPONSE: Issue: Our racial discord. First we must recognize it is a bigger problem than the Board realized and address it directly. I fully support our recently formed "inclusion" task force.

TRACY MAGNOTTA
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JOSEPH HARVEY
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STAMIM PAKZAD
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SCOTT BABASHAK
Facebook/ElectScottBabashakforSaucanValleySB
BORN: 1967
EDUCATION: Hamilton High East, 1985; BA Rider University, 1989.
OCCUPATION: Financial Advisory Firm, President
QUALIFICATIONS: Parent, taxpayer, community involvement, business owner.
RESPONSE: Our school district must replace our superintendent, who is resigning. We need someone who can work with new Board members to tackle budget issues and convey an attitude of inclusiveness and acceptance.

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

REGION I 1st and 2nd Wards of Wilson Borough
Term: 4 years
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REGION II
Term: 4 years
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Democrat
ANN D. LIPARI

Republican
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REGION III
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CHRISTOPHER GREENE