Thursday, March 12, 2015
Bethlehem Tp is NorCo's Tea Party Central
Do I think this is a bad thing? No. It's good to have choices and to have people who take an interest in their government before their government takes an interest in them. What effect this is going to have on this year's elections is anyone's guess.
Marty Zaworski, the current President of the Board despite being in his first term, is facing a stiff challenge from two former Commissioners. One of these is Paul Weiss, who is being backed by establishment Republicans like Lee Snover. Despite his loss at the hands of Breslin, Weiss has continued to attend meetings and was recently appointed to serve as the Commissioners' eyes and ears at Housenick Park. You might see him hiding behind a tree. The other challenger is Robert Birk, According to his ethics form, he has worked as a security officer. But he lists his occupation as "unemployed." Birk has from time to time sought an appointment to NorCo Council. I'm not sure whether he has backing from the tea party, but had a slew of signatures.
Tom Nolan, an engineer at Lehigh Heavy Forge, has two Republican opponents as well. One of them is former Commissioner Art Murphy, who works for Selvaggio and Son. The other, Wayne Buller, is definitely a tea party favorite. Regulars like Ben Hedrick, Andy Azan and Melissa Miller (significant other of NorCo Council member Seth Vaughn) are behind this campaign. Buller works in waste water treatment, so he knows all about shit.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more likable guy than Phil Barnard, a Manager at Bay Insulation. He listens, too, and has been a moderating influence on the Board. He's got two opponents, Republican Fran Blatz and Democrat Kim Jenkins. Blatz, whom I believe to be the tea-party candidate, is listed as the Pro-life leader at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Jenkins is the Secretary of the Bethlehem Township Athletic Association, which Barnard has steadfastly supported during his four years as a Commissioner. .