|Rob Melosky (left) and Shawn Martell (right)|
Martell, a Becahi (2003) and Moravian College (2007), has deep Bethlehem roots. For one thing, his great grandparents operated Matz's Confectionary on East Broad Street. Most of us can remember the smell of those roasted peanuts, wafting in the air. As you could probably guess, I always felt right at home in a nut hut.
That alone should get him elected. People in Bethlehem love nuts. Look at City Council.
Martell's dad has dedicated his career to the Bethlehem Boys and Girls' Club, where my son was once a member. Martell's mother has taught at both Donegon and Sacred Heart Schools.
Martell became a teacher at Nazareth High School. American Government. He was also one of Melosky's assistant coaches.
Why is he running? According to his statement,
"Shawn is running on the fundamental premise that all Bethlehem citizens deserve to be heard so as to preserve our shared past and to ensure all benefit from our future. With this in mind, Mr. Martell promises to put Bethlehem citizens first by promoting transparency, smart economic development, safe and livable neighborhoods, and fiscal responsibility."He seems like a great candidate and one who will continue making Bethlehem the best City n the Lehigh Valley. I will certainly do my best to follow his campaign and, for once, to be fair.
Updated 10:39 am: Martell is a Democrat. As a result of a typo, I listed him as R in my photo. Also, I mistakenly referred to him as Shartell. I apologize for the error.