Monday, January 07, 2013

Who's Running For Bethlehem City Council?

In this year's race, the seats currently held by Jean Belinski, Dave DiGiacinto, Karen Dolan and Eric Evans are up for grabs. Jean Belinski is stepping down at the end of her term, and Dave is being pressured to run for Controller. So there may be two open seats.

So aside from Dolan and Evans, who else is running?

I've heard Jason Toedter, who worked for Callahan when he ran for Congress. I know mortgage consultant Sam Rohrer is also eyeing up a bid.

Hear any names?

21 comments:

Mark Baker said...

It will be good to get the two obstuctionists off of council. jb has no clues left. r there skeletons in DGs closet?

Anonymous said...

Mark... We all have skeletons, but I think people feel that DG's business experience would be a good fit for Controller and a great check over the next mayor.

Anonymous said...

I only wish Dolan was retiring. She has been a disastere.

Uncle Remus said...

how hard is it to be the ex vp of a pretzel factory?

Jon Geeting said...

With the exception of Karen Dolan, all the worst members are up for replacement this time. Hopefully some younger, more pro-growth, pro-business competition, development-friendly folks will jump in and primary DiGiacinto and Evans. Maybe the Bethlehem Food-Co-op activists can be persuaded to run a 3-person slate of progressives.

Anonymous said...

Heard that a Callahan not named John has been going to meetings. Royer has been going, too.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Callahan's brother, Brian, has been going to meetings and just might decide to run.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Jon Geeting,

Dolan can make meetings last twice as long as they should, and that drives me nutz. But when i go to write them up, I learn that she's usually right on the money. I did not care for her anti-Catholic remarks, though. That was downright bizarre. Bethlehem certainly is not a Catholic town, as she seems to suggest. It would be fair to say it is a Christian town, but a tolerant one.

Dave DiDiacinto is the one Council member who is willing to ask questions. I would think that might just make him its MVP. Your disdain for him even more valuable.

Eric Evans and Dave GiGiacinto are everywhere. I see them at planning and zoning meetings, especially when something is controversial.

Evans, like DiGiacinto and Dolan, are all hard-working and appear to have no agenda other than doing their best for Bethlehem. The City is lucky to have three such dedicated public servants, although Karen should drop the smears at specific faiths or the claims of religious favoritism. That's just silly.

Mark Baker said...

dg hates Callahan and most of his questions are merely attemps to discredit anyone and everyone in the administration. He plays too many games.

Anonymous said...

O'Hare doesn't Royer live in Hanover Township. He ran against Narlesky.

He's dangerous!

Bernie O'Hare said...

Royer moved to Bethlehem. What makes him dangerous? The fact that he ran against Narlesky? The fact that he is a Republican?

Anonymous said...

God Bernie, the lovefest is getting sick. Willys qualifications, a hot girlfriend.

You are really camping up Bethlehems butt at this point.

Bernie O'Hare said...

What I am doing is being fair. They are both decent guys. They are both qualified. They both get a lot of shit, most of it anonymously. The reality is that Bethlehem has a pretty good Council. Bob and Willie are both good candidates, and if you disagree, this is America and you can run yourself.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bern....how come no mention of local business owner Bob Sigley rumor has it He is also jumping in the race
now that would be an asset finally a real business person.....

Anonymous said...

Sigley, the garbage man? A Pro-Private hauler campaign?

Is he the same Sigley who was convicted of arson a few years back?

Anonymous said...

How long has Royer lived in Bethlehem? Is there a residency requirement for council?

Anonymous said...

I hope no stinking Catholics try to run.

Sincerely,
Karen Supporter

Bernie O'Hare said...

2:33, I am sure that Royer will meet whatever the residency requirement is, or will not run. Don't know it myself.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Karen Supporter, I don't think Karen is anti-Catholic in the least, but her remarks could be taken that way.

Anonymous said...

Any newcomers being mentioned?

Anonymous said...

Apparently Callahan's brother is definitely running...He'd be a lock cause of name recognition. If DiGiacinto runs for Controller than they'll be another opening..Dolan and Evans will win..No Republican has a chance unless they work incredibly hard and spend alot of money...maybe Dana Grubb will run again..If so, he'd do well.