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Northampton County Council Races:

Northampton County Council is the legislative branch of county government. It is a check and balance on executive power, and has the authority to approve or replace the Executive's spending plan. It is a nine-member body, each receiving a $9,500 annual salary. Members may participate in the pension plan, but receive no medical benefits. The five seats up for grabs this year are "at-large" seats, meaning they are county-wide instead of restricted to a portion of the county.

Northampton County Council has a 7-2 GOP majority.

The candidates consists of five Democrats and five Republicans. Four of these five Republicans are incumbents seeking re-election.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Ron Angle (R)
Facebook - None
Webpage - None
Employment - Entrepreneur, farmer
Gov't Experience - Northampton County Council (2000-2012), Bangor Area School Board, Upper Mt. Bethel Supervisor, Portland Boro Council
Veteran: Yes. USMC
Education - Bangor High School
Residence - Upper Mount Bethel Tp
Activities - antique lover, cigar aficionado, gourmand and cook, story teller

Peg Ferraro (inc.) (R)
Facebook - Peg Ferraro
Webpage - none
Employment - retired teacher
Gov't Experience - NorCo Council (1990-1997, 2001-present), Upper Nazareth Supervisor, ZHB, Planning Comm'n and Treasurer (1972-1987)
Veteran - No.
Education - Kutztown University, B.S., Lehigh University
Residence - Bushkill Tp
Activities - travel

Glenn Geissinger (inc.) (R)
Facebook - Glenn Geissinger
Webpage - none
Employment - Alliance Media Group (advertising firm he co-owns with his wife)
Gov't Experience - NorCo Council since 2013
Veteran - Yes. US Army.
Education - Lehigh University, Moravian College (Master's accounting)
Residence - Plainfield Tp
Activities -  religion

Ron Heckman (D)
Facebook - Ron Heckman
Webpage - None
Employment - retired.
Gov't Experience - NorCo Council, NorCo Director of Human Services,
Veteran - unknown
Education - East Stroudsburg University BA, MEd
Residence - Bethlehem
Activities - volunteers with United Way's Alliance for Aging, Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, music, reading.

Lori Vargo Heffner (D)
Facebook - Lori Vargo Heffner
Webpage - none
Employment - Psychotherapist at Affiliates in Clinical Services
Gov't Experience - none
Veteran - No
Education - Temple University, Kutztown University, Moravian College (two Master's degrees)
Residence - Lower Saucon Tp.
Activities - unknown

Bill McGee (D)
Facebook - Bill McGee for Northampton County Council 
Webpage - McGee for Northampton
Employment - Heat and Frost Insulators (29 yrs)
Gov't Experience - None
Veteran - Yes. US Navy (1982-1986)
Education - Liberty High School (1982); National Labor College
Residence - Northampton.
Activities - Bike riding on rails to trails. Swimming in the summertime.
Golfing and from time to time shooting clay disks.

Peter Mehlan (D)
Facebook - Peter Melan
Webpage - https://www.petermelan.com/
Employment - Vera Track, President  (verifies employment histories)
Gov't Experience - Easton City Council (Jan 2016)
Veteran - No
Education - Moravian College
Residence - Easton
Activities - golf

Hayden Phillips (inc.) (R)
Facebook - Hayden Phillips
Webpage - none
Employment - retired from Hewlett-Packard
Gov't Experience - Northampton County Council since 2013
Veteran - Yes. USMC (retired Colonel)
Education - Mansfield University (BS), Lehigh University (MBA)
Residence - Moore Tp
Activities - unknown

Seth Vaughn (inc.) (R)
Facebook - Seth Vaughn
Webpage - none
Employment - Physician's Assistant, St.Luke's Emergency Medicine
Gov't Experience - NorCo Council (since 2013)
Veteran - Yes. USMC, SGT (Civil Affairs)
Education -  Penn State University (BS), DeSales University (MS)
Residence - Bethlehem or Bethlehem Tp. (Lives in Bethlehem Tp, but votes in Bethlehem).
Activities - unknown

Tara Zrinski (D)
Facebook - Tara Zrinski for Northampton County Council - At Large
Webpage - http://friendsoftarazrinski.com/
Employment - Sales Manager at Solar City, author and illustrator of children's book "All Ducks Are Birds (But, Not All Birds Are Ducks)," adjunct professor at community colleges, freelance writer
Government Experience - none
Veteran - No
Education - Moravian Theological Seminary MATS, MAPC (theological studies, pastoral counseling)
Activities - I have been the local coordinator for Food and Water Watch in the Lehigh Valley. I have served on Boards and committees through my work with the UUCLV from 2005-2009. I am a member of the Bethlehem Co-op, Asa Packer PTA and am a Book Fairy for Freemansburg Elementary Schhol. Although my activities do include environmental activism,I am a mother of three boys and I also play on a women's soccer team-Pioneers.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

All incumbents raised your taxes 10% first year out of the gate, vote the 4bums out of Office before they raise your taxes again to build a prison in Nazareth near gracedale.

Tara said...

Hi Bernie. I just want med to say thank you for posting this valuable information but, under my name, Tara Zrinski, which you spelled wrong, I should be listed as a dem. You have me listed as R.

I have taught Philosophy at both Lehigh Carbon ciunty Community and Northampton Community College. I am a Field Energy Consultant for SolarCity DBA Tesla. Since 2014, I have been the local coordinator for Food and Water Watch in the Lehigh Valley. I have served on Boards and committees through my work with the UUCLV from 2005-2009. I am a member of the Bethlehem Co-op, Asa Packer PTA and am a Book Fairy for Freemansburg Elementary Schhol. Although my activities do include environmental activism,I am a mother of three boys and I also play on a women's soccer team-Pioneers.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Tara, I apologize for and have corrected my errors.