Northampton County Council District 3 is a big chunk if the middle and southern portions of the county. It includes Williams, Lower Saucon, Bethlehem, Lower Nazareth, East Allen and Allen Townships. It also contains Nazareth, North Catasauqua and Northampton Boroughs. It is represented by algebra teacher and Williams Tp resident John Cusick, who has 12 years of service combined. Heis being challenged by Luke Verdes, who works for a consulting firm assisting nonprofits. I will be voting for Cusick. The reason is quite simple. Cusick asked. Verdes did not.
I live in this District so I pay attention to Cusick. He is Council's most knowledgeable member, next to Ron Heckman. He comes to nearly every meeting, is always well prepared and has been a very effective check on Executive Lamont McClure. He is something of a wonk, loves to attend County Comm'r Association meetings and understands county issues thoroughly. And he asked for my vote.
Though I am a Democrat, I have heard nothing from Luke Verdes, the man who wants to represent me. I've never seen him at a meeting, although I confess I would not know him if he did because he never bothered to introduce himself.
If he wants to screw me on Council, I expect at least some kind of courtship. Cusick sent me a mailer. Verdes sent me nothing.
To make matters worse, Verdes is running on issues that have nothing to do with county government. Abortion, labor law, gun reform laws and our environment are the domain of the state and federal government. If Verdes is interested in those natters, he should run for the state legislature or Congress.
We already have one Council member who distracts us at every meeting with non-county issues.
County government provides human services and has numerous contracts with nonprofits. I worry that Verdes, a consultant for nonprofits, will use his position on Council to advance the nonprofits he represents.