Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Meet Ron Heckman
Ron Heckman is among the eight Democrats seeking his party's nomination to one of five at-large seats to Northampton County Council. Over the years, he and I have disagreed on numerous County issues, but I support him. I've always respected his viewpoints. More importantly, I think Ron will be a voice for many people living at the edge, one step away from absolute poverty. He demonstrated that quality during his eight years on County Council and another eight years as Human Services Director. When none of Glenn Reibman's cabinet would appear at Council meetings, Heckman was always there, willing to answer questions and listen.
Yesterday, over a neglected bagel at Panera Bread, Heckman told me that he's in the running because he wants to serve, not run for some other office down the road. "I've always loved the County," he told me, claiming that human services are his main concern. He worries about declining state and federal grants, and how that impacts neglected children or disabled seniors.
He is also disgusted by the pervasive influence of money in local races, something he's seen increase over the years.
"I have a sense of perspective. I think I could be a better Councilman today than I was when I was on the first time around. Frankly, I think we could use some experience. A mix of young and old is a good thing. I guess I'm asking to be part of that old, experienced part that could add balance to the Council."
Heckman did admit that he is not quite as handsome as Jerry Seyfried. "It's very hard to run against somebody who looks like Brad Pitt," he complained.
He has an eye doctor appointment tomorrow.
Blogger's Note: With the exception of Christen Borso, I now have posted videos of each of the Democrats seeking a seat on Northampton County Council. I will try to get her on tape, as well as all Republicans, before election day.