|Seth Vaughn, Ken Kraft|
I'm referring to the Saucon Valley School Board race, where five seats were being decided. Four candidates were cross-filed, and more or less assured of victory. But one seat was very much in play. On one side was Jeanne Reilly, a former teacher whose husband teaches in the very school district at which she would be a Director. One the other side was tea-party Republican Bryan Eichfeld, who recently asked Northampton County Council members to sign a "limited government" resolution.
Eichfeld managed to beat Reilly by a few hundred votes.
This race likely hurt McClure in Lower Saucon, where he lost by 81 votes. And it had to hurt Kraft in Hellertown. It may be home to many retired steel workers, but Vaugn managed to grab 319 votes to 276 for Kraft.
That was the only surprise in the Kraft race. In Democratic Bethlehem, Ken clobbered Seth. In one district, the votes were 7 to 1. Although Kraft did lose 3 Bethlehem precincts, his final tally in the Christmas City was 2820 votes to 2159 for Vaughn. In Republican Hanover Township, Seth won every polling place, with a final tally of 857 to Kraft's 655.
Since both candidates support keeping Gracedale in County hands, as well as the eventual funding of a Bi-County health department, it is likely those issues played no role in this race.