Bethlehem City Council is comprised of seven members, each of whom is elected at-large (city-wide). It's a part-time job with a salary of just $7,100. Four seats are up for re-election this year, and five Democrats have filed nomination petitions. No Republican is running.
The candidates include incumbents Bryan Callahan and Grace Crampsie Smith. He's the brother of the City's former Mayor, a teacher and owner of the Callahan Driving School. She's a guidance counselor at the Easton Area School District, mmk?
The three newcomers are (1) Hillary Kwiatek, a communications specialist at Lehigh who unsurprisingly is a prolific tweeter; (2) Kiera Wilhelm, Director of Fig Magazine and small business cheerleader; and (3) Rachel Leon, a Navy vet pursuing a global studies degree.
Of the two incumbents, only Callahan voted No to the five per cent tax hike and the defunding of four firefighters.
Blogger's Note: Crampsie-Smith did try to restore the firefighter positions. When she failed, she went ahead and voted for the budget anyway.