|Jerry with his bride of 48 years, Julie|
This post is about Jerry's candidacy. Although both he and Ron Heckman spoke with Easton Democrats, only Jerry's video is available. (VIDEO HERE). I promise to bring you a separate post about Ron Heckman as soon as I can corner him.
Jerry spent 12 years as a Council member, four of them as its President. He is a former County Executive, leaving the County with a healthy surplus. He dedicated huge sums of money to develop county parks before open space was popular, and started the first farmland preservation program. He also spent eight years as Director of Court Services
Despite these achievements, Jerry is actually a blue collar guy. He was a machinist at Bethlehem Steel, as well as a union steward. He managed to juggle swing shifts with county service.
He also knows what it's like to come from nothing.
"We grew up in public housing," he explained about his own family. "We hardly had anything." So later in his life, Jerry served on the Boys and Girl Club. He also started the "youth field day program" to teach our kids about the outdoors, environment, hiking, boating and fishing. He started an annual banquet to raise money for these kids ten years ago, and just passed the million dollar mark last year.
He has no intention of sending our glossy mailers or running an expensive campaign. If he wins, he wins, If he doesn't, he's perfectly happy. He won't owe anyone a damn thing.
So what will he do if elected?
He believes the County must keep its commitment to Gracedale, its nursing home. Seyfried, along with former Council members Ron Heckman and Rich Grucela, lobbied against its privatization, both with Council and with Executive John Stoffa.
He wants to turn the criminal division over to the courts instead of keeping it under the wings of the County Administration. The County is owed $60 million in fines and costs, and that will be a lot easier to collect of a judge can issue a bench warrant as opposed to a criminal clerk using a collections agency.
Jerry also believes it's time for the County to return to long-range planning, something that has been neglected.