Saturday, October 29, 2011
Norco Council (Nazareth): Matt Connolly v. Lamont McClure
"County government requires active representation by those elected to serve. My opponent has an indefensible attendance record. One Committee meeting in four years. Being Chairman of the Legal and Judicial Committee, but not ever holding a meeting. You have to be there to make a difference.
"I will be there, and with great enthusiasm. I may not know all of the inner workings of the County now, but I will learn and bring my best experience and objective judgment. I want to be a legislator, not a politician.
"Government has to be reeled in and limited. We spend the tax money taken from the residents. We must do it responsibly. Debacles like the swaption, which will end up throwing away $24 million of taxpayers' money, will never get my vote.
"If I was a Committee Chairman, I would hold meetings and I would attend those of others.
"I will always work to allow private citizens and businesses to thrive, making Northampton County an attractive place for residents and a sound place to start a business or as a place for business to relocate.
"There's a reason why the LV Association of Realtors did something they have never done before to an incumbent that they helped elect. For the first time ever, they have pulled their support from Lamont McClure and switched it to me, the challenger. They, like me, realize that home values are directly tied to the solvency of families and the County as a whole. I support keeping homes affordable, with low taxes and efficient government. Obviously, they don't believe that Mr. McClure feels the same way. Then again, maybe they just wanted to help elect someone who cares enough to show up."
"I'm glad Mr. Connolly spent so much time talking about me. I like hearing stuff about myself. With that being said, the fact of the matter is I have only ever wanted to be on County Council. It's the only thing I've ever run for. I actually started striving towards serving on County Council in 2001, and throughout the years, I'm very, very pleased to let you hear tonight about some of my accomplishments.
"I was the author of the Gaming Board Ordinance that created the Northampton County Gaming Authority. This Authority is allowed to contiguous municipalities for the casino in Bethlehem, to receive monies to ameliorate any of the negative effects that they've experienced from the casino.
"I was the author of the referendum language to make the Controller of Northampton County full time. I was pleased that that language passed, and starting in 2012, we will have a full time County Controller for the first time under home rule. I'm very pleased to have done that.
"Going forward, my primary mission will be to fight to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of Gracedale. It is of paramount importance that Gracedale stay in County hands, and that will be my overriding ambtion."