Tuesday, September 06, 2011

It's Silly Season

With the passing of the Labor Day Holiday, it's time for political campaigns to go into full gear. LC Exec Don Cunningham calls it "silly season," when bombastic claims are made, only to be quickly forgotten the day after the election. It's my favorite time of the year.

Most local parties link to the campaigns of their candidates. But in yet another sign that it is falling apart, the Lehigh County GOP has failed to list a single candidate seeking election this Fall, with the sole exception of its candidate for Lehigh County Controller, Glenn Eckhart.

At my left sidebar, I have links to pages for races in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Lehigh County and Northampton County. I might add a few more pages for some other interesting races in West Easton, Bethlehem Township and Whitehall. Throughout the Silly Season, I will update with links to news articles and blog posts.

You are free to comment there, but because those pages will be up for months, they will be moderated. But here's how things look now.



"The Mission of the Allentown City Council is to provide, in a democratic and transparent manner, efficient and effective services which will make the City of Allentown a better place in which to live, work and play." Three seats are open. Incumbent Michael Donovan is stepping down.

Democrats:
Republicans:
  • Steve Ramos
  • Bob Toth
  • Eric Weiss
An independent office, the Controller is the City's financial watchdog.
  • Mary Ellen Koval (Democrat)
  • Lou Hershman (Republican)
✓ 'Longtime Allentown employee to run for controller
Lou "the watchdog" Hershman



"City Council is the legislative body of Bethlehem city government. The council is composed of seven members, who are elected to four-year terms. All council seats are determined by citywide elections; there are no districted council positions." There are three seats up this year, including an open seat created by the retirement of Gordon B. Mowrer.

Democrats:
Bob Donchez (incumbent) (5,968 votes in '07 - top vote getter)

Mike Recchiuti (failed in '09 primary)
J. William Reynolds (i) (5,358 votes in '07)

Republicans:

Al Bernotas

Tom Carroll


  • Mike Krill (Republican) (blog)
  • Sal Panto (Democrat) (incumbent) (webpage)








Democrats:
Republicans:
Lehigh County Controller
Lehigh County Sheriff
  • Andy Roman (Republican)
  • Ron Rossi (Democrat)(incumbent)
Northampton County Council

District 1: (open)
District 2:
  • Mike Dowd (Republican) (incumbent) 
  • Bob Werner (Democrat) (webpage
District 3:
  • Lamont McClure (Democrat) (incumbent) 
  • Matt Connolly (Republican) (webpage
District 4:
  • Ron Angle (Republican) (incumbent)
  • Scott Parsons (Democrat)
Northampton Cty Controller

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bernie-
When is it legal to put those campaign signs out? Someone already has them all over her lawn!

Anonymous said...

the link for Tim Waitkus' Website is www.votewaitkus.com

Bernie O'Hare said...

Actually, It's legal to put signs out now. There might be an ordinance against it, but it would be contrary to the First Amendment.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Thanks for the Waitkus link. Will update my page.

Chris Miller said...

Where are the school board candidates

Bernie O'Hare said...

Do you want that covered? I will have to look for contested races. I have an aversion to school boards.

Anonymous said...

Chris Miller on NASD board should be worth an admission charge. Give 'em hell, Chris!

Anonymous said...

The link for Tom Slonaker's web site is www.tomslonakercontroller.com/

Bernie O'Hare said...

Thanks. I'll load it to the page for LC races, as well as here. I appreciate the link.

Anonymous said...

Where's the Dean Browning link?

Bernie O'Hare said...

We all know Dean fell short in his bid. If it makes you feel better to give him a dig anonymously, well that's you.

Anonymous said...

Link for Scott Parsons for Northampton COunty Council

http://scottparsonscountycouncil.com/

Detzi's Tavern said...

I'll drink to that!

Donna Rovito said...

Bernie,
This is an excellent community service, and even though I know you're not crazy about school boards, I think a lot of people would appreciate a comprehensive list.....you know, this is one of those "SOMEBODY should do such-and-such" kind of things....

Bernie O'Hare said...

OK. I'll create a page for school board races.

Anonymous said...

I hear Chris Miller is pledging to give up his public teachers pension, when asks current teachers to give up theirs. You have to admisre a guy like that.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe that.

Anonymous said...

I have a hot girlfriend, can I run for office?