|Bill Wallace (right) poses with State Rep. Steve Samuelson |
before Bethlehem Labor Day parade
Unlike Braveheart, who fought so dirty he used the Irish, Wallace has run clean campaigns in his previous tries for public office. Maybe that's his problem.
Here's the Easton resident's announcement:
With the support of my family, friends and Democrats across Northampton County, I am officially declaring my candidacy for Northampton County Council.
We have seen great changes in the last few years in Northampton County politics. One of the most remarkable is the increased cooperation and effectiveness on the part of the Council and the Executive. However, as this election year progresses, the people of Northampton County will be making significant decisions as to which direction we will move in. I would like to be a part of this momentous change.
We are on the brink of renewed vigor in our economy. Already, there are plans in action to rebuild and revitalize the cities of Bethlehem and Easton. There are plans for key developments in boroughs and townships across the County that will add thousands of jobs in our region. I support the revitalization and improvement of county infrastructure that will address and accommodate the effect these changes will have on the people of Northampton County. Timely, cost effective and improved solutions for our deteriorating Human Services facilities need to be addressed.
At the same time, County Council must be aware of the changes that will be coming and do our best to anticipate the growth coming to our county. We should be continuing to support the fine work of our District Attorney, keep our courthouse and offices safe and secure, and insure our employees have up to date technology and facilities. We must accept the leadership and vision of our county executive now and in the future, yet at the same time; I will provide the people of this county my own insight and perspective.
I believe that we should give our DA and law enforcement across the county the advantage over violent criminals with modern technology and information. I want to ensure the safety of our County Sheriffs and local officers while on duty through ongoing updates and revisions in information sharing, and further limiting access to illegal guns.
As our society changes, so must our laws and policies. Northampton County needs to be inclusive in recognizing modern families and address the needs of our employees. I will introduce and support equality legislation and policies in Northampton County. I will work to support gender equality in pay and in representation in senior levels of county government.
I support prevailing wage laws and all the economic benefits that result from them. I will support extending them to cover as many projects as possible. This will ensure that our most competent, skilled workers and their employers are able to compete fairly.
I believe that we now have the opportunity to address, in a dignified way, the root causes of crime and criminal behavior. Creating the Drug and Alcohol incarceration facility was a great first step. Not until we admit that chemical dependency is a medical issue can we improve the lives of everyone affected – families, friends and neighbors.
That’s why I am asking for your vote on May 21, and again in November. I look forward to running a open and honest campaign and serving the people. That’s why I am running for Northampton County Council.