Many of you in Northampton County have already received ballots asking this question: "Should the Northampton County Home Rule Charter ... be amended that the County Council shall be composed of nine (9) Commissioners, Five (5) Commissioners elected at large and four (4) Commissioners elected by District?" You might think Council is expanding. You'd be wrong. There are already nine Council members. You might think Council is changing the number to be elected at-large or by District. Once again, you'd be wrong. There are already five at-large and four district members. So what is County Council really doing? It's a sneaky name change. Northampton County Council members want to be called Commissioners instead of Council members. They want to pretend they're like the big boys in other counties. It is an ego-driven name change designed to pump more hot air into their already inflated opinions of themselves. Rather than being honest and just telling you they want to change their name, they've opted to confuse you. For that reason alone, you should vote No. In fact, this obfuscation makes me question whether any of them deserve your vote at all.
All nine Council members voted, in the middle of a pandemic, to waste county dollars and place this on the ballot.
They could have voted to ask you to establish a Home Rule Charter Study Commission. They'd never do that because they're terrified you'd revert back to a real Commissioner form of government, like the one existing in most counties. Then they'd all be out of a job. So they are instead playing games with narcissistic name changes.
Gerald E "Jerry" Seyfried served as both a Council member and as county executive. He warned them against this last year, but was ignored.
What amazes me is that while presenting this name change in disguise, at least one member of Council is himself confused about what office he actually holds. Bill McGee has sent a flyer to voters asking them to re-elect him to City Council.
Maybe he wants another name change.