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OK. I'm kidding about that. His crossover just isn't good enough.
But Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan will finally reveal the worst kept secret in the Lehigh Valley. Today. At 3:30 PM, he'll announce his candidacy for County Exec. In a move to reassure the pro-Gracedale crowd, he'll be making his announcement from the County nursing home.
Here's part of his announcement:
"Mayor Callahan was elected mayor in November of 2003 and took office in January 2004. He is currently in his tenth year in office. He entered public office in 1998, being elected to City Council, and becoming the youngest elected official in the history of the City. He has led the City in the dynamic transformation of the 1800 acres of the former Bethlehem Steel site – the largest brownfield site in the country - into a business, cultural, and retail destination, anchored by the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and Steel Stacks. In his time as mayor he has ushered in more than $2 billion in economic development, which has created or retained more than 5500 jobs. Bethlehem currently has another $1.8 billion of economic development ongoing in the city that will result in as many as an additional 5500 new jobs.
"Bethlehem is in the strongest financial condition in decades. Under Mayor Callahan’s leadership Bethlehem has become one of the safest, most prosperous, and fastest growing cities in Pennsylvania."
Unlike many of you, I don't live in the Christmas City. But every time I visit, it looks just a little nicer than the time before. I'm sure Callahan would agree that the credit for this is due to the people who live there And that's true. But he had something to do with it, too.