Thursday, January 08, 2015
NorCo Council Races Becoming More Clear
District One: Bethlehem, Freemansburg, Hellertown and Hanover. Incumbent Ken Kraft has already announced his intention to seek re-election on this heavily Democratic district. Though Kraft can be a bit too partisan, he actually contributed to peg Ferraro's Council campaign two years ago. In addition, nobody can cut through the bullshit in contracts like he does. Any Republican who runs in that District will be facing an uphill battle.
District Two: Easton, Forks, Glendon, West Easton, Wilson, Palmer, Stockertown and Tatamy. Though this is thought to be a Democratic district, that really only applies to Easton and the small boroughs around it. The other areas are mostly Republican. Bob Werner is the Council member that Brown barred from a news conference, even though he promised to be good. That alone is a reason to re-elect him. Werner apparently announced last night, but I missed it because I was out with Ron Angle and the Good Mark, stealing Christmas decorations from foreclosed homes in the Slate Belt. Werner may have a formidable foe if former Council President Mike Dowd decides to run.
District Three: Nazareth, North Catty, Northampton, Allen Tp, Bethlehem Tp, East Allen Tp, Lower Nazareth Tp, Lower Saucon Tp and Williams Tp. This district has become much more Republican since the last census, meaning that incumbent Lamont McClure is in trouble. He has been Brown's chied critic, so I'm sure a bull's eye is on his back. Though McClure is partisan, he has been a champion of county workers besieged by benefits cuts. Marty Zawarski, a Bethlehem Tp Comm'r, is rumored to be interested in running. This district also includes former Executive John Stoffa and former Council president John Cusick.
District Four:This is the Slate Belt and northern tier. It is Republican country, but incumbent Scott parsons is fortunate that two Republicans - Nazareth School Board prez Lorin Bradley and tea party darling Matt Dietz - have already announced. Parsons can keep his powder dry while the two Republicans kick the shit out of each other.