Mike Recchiuti. In fairness to Mike, I contacted him and asked if he'd like to respond. He gave me one almost right away, but I neglected to post it yesterday.
Here it is:
Thank you for the opportunity to respond. Forums like yours provide a valuable place for voters to learn about candidates and the political process.
I have been happy to receive the support and endorsement of many individuals including Gordon Mower, for whose seat I am running. I am similarly happy to receive the past and present endorsement of Mayor Callahan. The financial reports from my 2009 campaign are public record, and I am glad that people take the time and interest to read them.
I am a taxpayer, homeowner, and citizen of Bethlehem before I am a candidate for City Council. As such, any decisions I render as a member of Council will be made because I think it is in the best interests of our city. I believe that elected officials should never allow the political winds to cloud personal good judgment. This is why as a City Councilman I will be beholden to no one but the citizens of Bethlehem.
My campaign is about the future of Bethlehem, not about personal animosities or agendas. I will, as I have in the past, prefer to spend my time meeting voters and listening to their ideas for how to make a better Bethlehem. In the last two months alone I have knocked on over 3000 doors in Bethlehem. One thing that strikes me is how so many of the people I talk to, regardless of age or political affiliation, all seem to share the same common goal--they want Bethlehem's future to be even brighter than its past. This is good news to me, because it's exactly what drives my campaign, and it's exactly what my mission will be as a member of Council. I am confident that on Election Day my hard work will pay off and the voters of Bethlehem share that goal with me by electing me to City Council.
Voters who would like to contact me directly can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, thank you for the opportunity to respond.