|Jones with then Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan|
Jones, a Democrat, was first appointed a Lehigh County Commissioner in 2008. He is the first person of colorto be either elected or appointed in Lehigh County. At that time, he was Executive Administrator at the 2,300-member Life Church (Allentown, PA), where he managed a multi-million dollar budget and supervised a staff of forty. Currently, he is the Pastor at New Vision Church and Executive Director for the Lehigh Valley My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. he also sits on several boards.
In a statement, Jones states he plans to "rebuild the trust" in open and transparent government. That's interesting considering that Jones is one of the persons who spoke on Fed Ed's behalf when he kicked off his now suspended campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Sam Bennett, who has run for both Mayor and Congress and now operates a Bed and Breakfast, has previously announced her candidacy.
Allentown School Director Charlie Thiel, a Republican-turned-Democrat whose computer company may very well be a City vendor, is also reportedly interested. City Council members Julio Guridy and Daryl Hendricks may also want the job.
And of course, King Edwin will tell anyone who will listen to him that he's running. After all, he needs lots of campaign contributions so he can pay his criminal defense lawyers. ... And his wife's criminal defense lawyers.
One name not being mentioned is Magisterial District Judge Michael D'Amore. He'd have to resign to run. In fact, he'd have to resign to circulate.
Unlike Jones, Thiel or Bennett, he really has been a thorn in Fed Ed's side.