Candidate Crickets: Morgan, Setton
Some readers predicted this would be the case in this consequential election . . . South Whitehall Commissioner candidates David Kennedy, Monica Hodges and Tom Johns responded to a comprehensive and defining citizen-generated questionnaire. The two sitting Commissioners, Tori Morgan and Joe Setton, decided to snub the citizens and avoid the opportunity to share their views on important topics in the township. South Whitehall is undergoing unprecedented development with the certainty of more to come. There are serious allegations of lack of transparency, including no financial audits being completed in the last 10 years. Taxpaying residents are forced to submit RTK requests to obtain even routine public information. Is this the time for incumbents to remain silent?
Perhaps their true feelings were best revealed in a Sunday Morning Call article where Tori Morgan is quoted as saying their opponents and the residents who may ultimately support them are a “small, vocal minority”. In other words, dismiss them. Not important. No need to answer questions and risk their own political fortunes by telling residents where they stand on issues that are important to the future of the township??
Beginning Wednesday, and continuing for the next 8 days, I will share with you the questions generated by the public, and the responses of the 3 Commissioner candidates who are working hard to earn your trust and your vote.
Blogger's Note: Brad Osborne, himself a former S. Whitehall and Lehigh County Comm'r, is covering South Whitehall.