Republican John Brown, Bangor's incumbent Mayor, is one of them. This consultant filed his paperwork for his party's nomination in the Executive race. So has Democrat Glenn Reibman. His supporters include State Senator Lisa Boscola, whose husband served in Reibman's cabinet. In his statement of financial interests, Reibman discloses he is collecting three different pensions from Northampton County, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission and New Jersey, where he taught.
Republicans Hayden Phillips and Frank Hesch have filed their paperwork in the Council race, where five at-large seats are up for grabs. So have Democrats Jerry Seyfried and Ron Heckman.
Seyfried's support includes all three Executive candidates, Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Executive John Stoffa, DA John Morganelli, Easton Vice Mayor Ken Brown, Easton School Director Frank Pintabone and numerous rank-and-file employees at the courthouse. They remember and admire Jerry.
Though he did not ask, I circulated a petition for Jerry. I volunteered, and got him sixty good signatures from some great people. When I caught wind that some of my fans were going to come out against whoever I helped, I suggested to Jerry that maybe I should back off. But Jerry said that if he loses the election because I circulated a petition on his behalf, that's a pretty sad commentary. Though he and I are friends and agree on many things, we disagreed about Gracedale and differ on the value of public sector unions.
Seyfried is one of the Council members who, along with Ron Heckman and Rich Grucela, urged Council not to sell Gracedale. That triumvirate also volunteered to sit down with unions. And it was Jerry who, along with the Steelworkers' Gerry Green, publicly debated Ron Angle and I concerning Gracedale and the value of public sector unions.
So why do I support him? He has always advocated transparency and accountability, always tried to leverage spending so that we get money back, originated the County's Open Space program, has more knowledge about the Home Rule charter than anyone I know, and is a firm believer in good planning. He wants to know what the hell happened to the five-year plan?
He wrote the career service regulations.
But the biggest reason I support him is because he's promised me a date with Amanda Seyfried.
I disagree with Ron Heckman even more than with Jerry, but will be supporting him, too, for much the same reason I will support Jerry. These are conscientious and dedicated people.
He's Amanda Seyfried's cousin, too.