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PREPARED IN COOPERATION WITH THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

VOTERS GUIDE
ELECTION
LEHIGH COUNTY

2011
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
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ELECTION 2011
PENNSYLVANIA
Copyright 2001 LWVPA-CEF The League of Women Voters publishes this information neither to endorse nor to reject the views of any candidate quoted and does not assume responsibility for the content of a candidates reply. Candidates were asked: Because of some public concern about the amount of money being spent in statewide judicial elections, would you support an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution changing the method of selecting statewide judges to a merit selection process? Why or why not?

Lehigh County
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. National Merit Scholar. Notes Editor, Yale Law Journal. Law Clerk, 1987-88, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. OCCUPATION: Common Pleas Judge. QUALIFICATIONS: Judge since February 2003 (former Administrative Judge, Family Division). Highly Recommended by Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations. Endorsed by Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Allegheny and Philadelphia Labor Councils, FOP Lodge 91, Professional Firefighters Local 1. Register of Wills, Allegheny County 1998-2003. RESPONSE: Reasonable people disagree. On the one hand, appointment of judges would eliminate problems posed by campaign fundraising, especially large corporate contributions now permitted by the U.S. Supreme Court. On the other hand, our Constitution should not lightly be amended, particularly where amendment would disenfranchise Pennsylvanians. Those who would alter our Constitution carry a heavy burden. While I am not yet persuaded, I have an open mind and believe the issue merits candid and thoughtful discussion. sively, including book The Workplace Law Advisor. RESPONSE: I believe Pennsylvania residents should continue to have the right to select appellate court judges. There is no assurance that an appointive process will not include the kind of political negotiation and dealing most Pennsylvanians oppose. I have full confidence in the Pennsylvania voters to carefully consider each candidates qualifications and make the best judgment. Pennsylvania need not replace elections with back-room deals, but rather rigorously enforce a strong code of ethics and conduct. Democrat KATHRYN BOOCKVAR Doylestown Township www.boockvar.com D.O.B.: 1968 EDUCATION: 1993 American University, Washington College of Law, J.D.; 1990 University of Pennsylvania, B.A.; 1996 Lancaster Mediation Center. OCCUPATION: Attorney. QUALIFICATIONS: Advancement Project, Senior Attorney, 3 years; Boockvar & Yeager, Partner, 11 years; Legal Services Attorney, 3 years; Only Democratic Commonwealth Court candidate recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Rising StarSuper Lawyer. RESPONSE: Having spent the last three years working for the voters of Pennsylvania, I believe voters deserve a say in who represents them in every branch of government, including the judiciary. I support campaign finance reform, including limits and greater disclosure. I would also like to see a better system for educating the public about candidates, the courts, and why these courts matter in peoples lives, and will affect the lives of their children and grandchildren. J. MICHAEL EAKIN Mechanicsburg Elected 2001 on Republican Ballot. Term: January 2002 - December 2011 D.O.B.: 1948 EDUCATION: Franklin & Marshall College (B.A.), 1970; Dickinson School of Law (J.D.), 1975. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Assistant District Attorney, Cumberland County, 197583; Private law practice, Eakin & Eakin, 198089; District Attorney, Cumberland County, 1984-95; Widener University School of Law, Adjunct Professor; Elected a judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, 1995; Elected a justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2001.

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT


Job Description The Superior Court is one of Pennsylvanias two statewide intermediate appellate courts. This court, which was established in 1895, reviews most of the civil and criminal cases that are appealed from the Courts of Common Pleas in the Commonwealths 67 counties. The Superior Court consists of 15 judges who serve 10-year terms. The president judge of Superior Court is elected to a five-year term by his or her colleagues. A huge volume of appeals flow to Superior Court from the trial courts. Generally, appeals are heard by panels of three judges sitting in Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Pittsburgh. The court often is the final arbiter of legal disputes. Although the Supreme Court may grant a petition for review of a Superior Court decision, most such petitions are denied and the ruling of the Superior Court stands. Term: 10 years Salary: $178,914

RETENTION ELECTION JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT


Shall Mary Jane Bowes be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? MARY JANE BOWES Pittsburgh D.O.B.: 1954 Elected in 2001 on Republican Ballot. TERM: January 2002 - December 2011 EDUCATION: Georgetown University (B.A.), 1976; University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D.), 1979. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Private law practice, 1979-81; Judicial law clerk, Superior Court Senior Judge Harry Montgomery, 198081; Judicial law clerk, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Henry X. OBrien, 1981-82; Judicial law clerk, Superior Court Senior Judge John P. Hester, 1982-86; Private law practice, 198698; IT Corporation, corporate counsel, 19982001; Elected Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, 2001. Shall John T. Bender be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? JOHN T. BENDER Pittsburgh TERM: January 2002 - December 2011 EDUCATION: Pennsylvania State University (B.A.); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D.), 1976. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Judicial law clerk, Pennsylvania Superior Court; Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny County; Judicial law clerk, Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Private law practice, 25 years; Elected a District Justice, 1997; Elected a judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, 2001

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JUDGE OF THE COMMONWEALTH COURT


Job Description The Commonwealth Court is one of Pennsylvanias two statewide intermediate appellate courts. This court, which was established in 1968, is unlike any other state court in the nation. Its jurisdiction generally is limited to legal matters involving state and local government and regulatory agencies. Litigation typically focuses on such subjects as banking, insurance and utility regulation and laws affecting taxation, land use, elections, labor practices and workers compensation. Commonwealth Court also acts as a court of original jurisdication, or a trial court, when lawsuits are filed by or against the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Court is made up of nine judges who serve 10-year terms. The president judge is chosen by his or her colleagues for a five-year term. The court generally decides cases in three-judge panels and sits in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. Term: 10 years Salary: $178,914

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Republican VIC STABILE Middlesex Carlisle http://stabileforjudge.com D.O.B.: 1957 EDUCATION: 1979, SUNY Stonybrook, B.A.; 1982, Dickinson School of Law, J.D. OCCUPATION: Attorney. QUALIFICATIONS: Almost 30 years trial and appellate experience; Appellate Judicial Clerk; Deputy Attorney General; Partner, Dilworth Paxson LLP; Recommended by PA Bar Assn. based upon solid appellate experience and strong intellect. RESPONSE: Yes, if a true merit selection process would provide fair opportunity for well-qualified people to be considered for judicial office. At present, neither election nor merit selection is a panacea for selecting judges. Democrat DAVID N. WECHT Indiana Township, Pittsburgh www.wecht2011.com D.O.B.: 1962 EDUCATION: 1984, Yale B.A.; 1987 Yale J.D.

PENNSYLVANIA JUDICIAL RETENTION ELECTIONS


Judicial retention is a system of retaining judges for additional terms after they have been elected on a partisan, contested ballot. Previously elected incumbent candidates for justice or judge appear unopposed on the ballot. The only question confronting the voter is whether or not the judge should be retained. All judicial retention candidates were asked to list their education, occupation and qualifications for this office as well as the same question on the Judicial Conduct Board.

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Republican ANNE COVEY Upper Makefield Township, New Hope www.coveyforjudge.com D.O.B.: 1959 EDUCATION: 1981, University of Delaware, B.A. with Departmental Honors; 1984, Widener University School of Law, J.D. Cum Laude. OCCUPATION: Attorney, Law Firm Founder. QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive Commonwealth Court experience. Clerked for President Judge Craig. First woman Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board Member. Practice labor and employment law. Written exten-

THE MORNING CALL

RETENTION ELECTION JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT


Shall J. Michael Eakin be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

Vote Yes or No

RETENTION ELECTION JUDGE OF THE COMMONWEALTH COURT

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Shall Robert E. Simpson Jr. be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Commonwealth Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? ROBERT E. SIMPSON JR. Nazareth D.O.B.: 1951 TERM: January 2002 - December 2011 EDUCATION: Dickinson College (B.A.) magna cum laude, 1973; Dickinson School of Law (J.D.), 1976. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Judicial law clerk, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 1976-78; Private law practice, 1979-89; Adjunct Professor, Dickinson School of Law, 1998-2005; Elected a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, 1989; Elected a judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 2001. Shall Renee Cohn Jubelirer be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Commonwealth Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? RENEE COHN JUBELIRER State College D.O.B.: 1957 TERM: January 2002 - December 2011 EDUCATION: Pennsylvania State University (B.A.), 1978; Northwestern University School of Law (J.D.) cum laude, Editor Law Review, 1983. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Teaching fellow, Stanford Law School, 1983-84; Assistant Professor, DePaul College of Law, 1985-87; Private law practice, 1984-96; Deputy Solicitor, Lehigh County, 1996-97; Assistant Solicitor, Lehigh County, 1997-99; Counsel, ATX Telecommunications Services, 1997-01; Arbitrator, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, 1994-01; Commissioner, South Whitehall Township, 2000-01; Elected a judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 2001. Shall Mary Hannah Leavitt be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Commonwealth Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? MARY HANNAH LEAVITT Harrisburg D.O.B.: 1947

ELECTION 2011
Term: 4 years

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TERM: January 2002 - December 2011 EDUCATION: Connecticut College (B.A.), 1969; University of Pennsylvania (M.A.), 1972; Dickinson School of Law (J.D.) Editor Law Review, 1978. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Assistant Counsel, Chief of Litigation and Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Insurance Department, 1978-87; Private law practice, 1987-01; Adjunct Professor, Pennsylvania State University, 1996-1998; Elected a judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 2001.

Democrat DANIEL K. McCARTHY Allentown www.DanMcCarthyforJudge.com D.O.B.: 1948 EDUCATION: 1974 University of Houston School of LawJD; 1970 University of Texas at El PasoBA; 1966 Allen High School. OCCUPATION: Attorney at Law. QUALIFICATIONS: Full-time practice of law for 36 years with Civil, Family and Criminal law experience; presented cases before the PA Supreme Court, PA Superior Court, U.S. District Court along with many trials and hearings in Lehigh, Northampton and other counties throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. RESPONSE: Representative democracy can only survive if the people are given the right to vote for those who govern them. The Pennsylvania Constitution should not be changed to deny the public an opportunity to freely and directly elect Statewide Judges. Here, in the 21st Century, candidates can better communicate with voters and put forth their qualifications to them in more ways than ever before. This right should not be taken from the people.

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Republican SCOTT OTT Lower Macungie Twp. http://MyLehighCounty.org D.O.B.: 1961 EDUCATION: Palisades High School, Kintnersville, PA, 1979; Pennsylvania State University, B.A. Liberal Arts-Journalism, 1983. OCCUPATION: Host and Writer for PJTV.com. QUALIFICATIONS: Decades of work in private-sector and with nonprofit organizations. President of Shoemaker Elementary School PTO (1 yr.); Founder & Chairman of Friends of the Embassy Theatre (2 Yrs.); Chairman & Volunteer for The Abuse Network (helping victims of rape and domestic violence) (2 Yrs.); Pennsylvania State Republican Committeeperson (Elected 2009). RESPONSE: County spending doubled in the past decade. Last year, real estate taxes jumped by 16 percent, yet the county ended 2010 with a $5.4 million surplus. Lisa Scheller, Vic Mazziotti and I have proposed to cut the tax rate for 2012, injecting $10 million back into the local economy, without reducing services for the needy. Our Reform Team will exert vigorous oversight on contracts and budgets, and firmly resist tax increases. LISA SCHELLER Allentown www.votelisascheller.org D.O.B.: 1959 EDUCATION: B.A. Math University of Colorado; M.S. Manufacturing Systems Engineering Lehigh University. OCCUPATION: President & CEO, Silberline. QUALIFICATIONS: Our county government needs reform. Lehigh County spending has doubled in the past decade and the Executives proposed one-time tax credit is simply not an answer. The taxpayer needs to be in the drivers seat. Every penny not required for mandatory services must be put in the taxpayers pockets, by lowering taxes whenever possible. That is how to stimulate the economy. Reform team: Scheller, Ott, and Mazziotti stand for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability.

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS


Candidates were asked: Because of some public concern about the amount of money being spent on statewide judicial elections, would you support an amendment to the PA Constitution changing the method of selecting statewide judges to a merit selection process? Why or why not? Term: 10 years

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Republican DOUGLAS G. REICHLEY Alburtis www.ReichleyforJudge.com D.O.B.: 1961 EDUCATION: B.A. Lafayette College (1983); J.D. Dickinson School of Law (1986). OCCUPATION: Attorney/State Representative. QUALIFICATIONS: Lehigh County Deputy District Attorney, 1989-2000; Philadelphia District Attorneys Office 2000-01; Private practice: 1987-1989 and 2001-2003; 2009present Platt Law Offices; PA State Representative 2002-present; PA Sentencing Commission 2007-present. RESPONSE: I do not support a change in our State Constitution to provide for merit selection of statewide judges. Stretching back to the founding of our nation, judges wanted to be viewed as public servants. By being separately elected, judges could demonstrate their independence from the other branches of government. To ensure public integrity, we should require posting within 72 hours on the Department of States website of any contribution received by any judicial candidate.

RETENTION QUESTIONS JUDGE OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS


Shall William E. Ford be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, 31st Judicial District, Lehigh County? Shall Edward D. Reibman be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, 31st Judicial District, Lehigh County?

Vote Yes or No

THE MORNING CALL

COUNTY COMMISSIONER AT-LARGE


Candidates were asked: What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?

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Voter information
ABSENTEE VOTING If you are unable to go to the polls in person, you may vote by absentee ballot. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The deadline for the ballot to be received by the Voter Registration Office is 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. To apply by mail, each absentee voter must complete the form and mail it to the County Voter Registration Office. You will receive an absentee ballot for your polling place. Allow at least 10 days for all steps to be completed, unless you apply in person. Any disabled voter having questions regarding the accessibility of a polling place should consult the county Board of Elections. WRITE-IN VOTING Information for write-in voting will be available at the polling place. ELECTION DAY PROBLEMS If your right to vote is challenged at the polls on Election Day and the problem cannot be resolved at the polling place, the judge of elections at the polling place should telephone the county Board of Elections. The problem could be resolved by phone if your name appears on the county records. If it does not and you want to try to resolve the problem, then you can go in person to the county Board of Elections where a judge from the Court of Common Pleas will be on duty to resolve election problems. Alternatively you can ask for and vote by provisional ballot. If it is later determined that you were eligible to vote, your ballot will be counted. You will be given instructions on how to determine if your vote was counted. IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW VOTERS If you are a new voter or if you are voting at a polling place for the first time, then you must bring your voter ID card or a photo ID such as a drivers license, student ID or some other form of federal or state government issued ID. Some forms of non-photo ID are also acceptable such as a firearm permit, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check. If you do not have any acceptable ID then you must be allowed to vote by provisional ballot. ONLINE VOTERS GUIDE The Voters Guide and other useful information for voters can be found on the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania home page: www.palwv.org. CERTIFICATION NOTE As of the publication date of this guide, the slate of candidates listed below is accurate based upon the Pennsylvania Department of States Bureau of Elections unofficial ballot. INFORMATION Lehigh County League of Women Voters 610-432-1456 Or visit www.lwvlv.org

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VIC MAZZIOTTI Allentown www.mylehighcounty.org D.O.B.: 1946 EDUCATION: BS in Accounting - Shippensburg University, Masters in Public Administration (MPA) - Roosevelt University. OCCUPATION: Small Business Consultant. QUALIFICATIONS: Served as the Chief Fiscal Officer (CFO) for Northampton County 2006 to 2011; 25 years experience in the private sector; Served as the Finance Director of Charlottesville, VA. RESPONSE: This is a difficult time for many County residents. They have lost jobs, had their pay frozen or hours of work reduced. But, last year, Lehigh County raised our taxes by 16%! Republicans hold a majority of the seats on the County Commissioners. But, one Republican voted with four Democrat County Commissioners to cause the 16% tax increase. The team of Ott, Mazziotti and Scheller will end Republican excuses. BRAD OSBORNE South Whitehall Twp. www.electbrad.com D.O.B.: 1955 EDUCATION: Allentown Central Catholic; B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia. OCCUPATION: Plant Manager, GEO Specialty Chemicals. QUALIFICATIONS: SWT Commissioner, 2005-present, current president; SWT Board of Authority, 2003-2005; L C General Purpose Authority; LV Engineering Council Past Chair; LV Chapter American Institute Chemical Engineers Past Chair; Board of Directors Allentown Rescue Mission. RESPONSE: Protecting taxpayers while delivering essential services and making government live within its means. And while many talk about this, Ive done it. Im a local official who has never raised property taxes and a business professional who controls costs every day. As Commissioner, Ill push for intensive budget reviews to find savings and long-range planning to set priorities. Ill fight for zero-based budgeting that requires every department to justify every program, every year. Democrat GLORIA L. HAMM North Whitehall Twp. D.O.B.: 1943 EDUCATION: BSN Kutztown University, MS, Health Administration, St. Josephs University. OCCUPATION: Lehigh County Commissioner. QUALIFICATIONS: Three years as Lehigh County Commissioner, chairing the human services committee. Over thirty years experience and leadership on many nonprofit boards, while working as RN in leadership roles at LVHHN. Active participation in all county human services departments. RESPONSE: The decrease of revenue with major cuts in state and federal support has caused much hardship in our county. Capital projects must be closely watched, since unfunded state mandates cannot be ignored. Maintaining our infrastructure, farmland preservation, Cedarbrook, and equal support for our most fragile citizens is a high priority for me. I support maintaining Cedarbrook, continued discussion on the Board of Health and continuing cost effective measures in our

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prison and judicial system. DENNIS L. PEARSON Allentown http://pearson4pa133.com D.O.B.: 1943 EDUCATION: graduate, Lehigh 1971, M.A., Kutztown 1969, B.S. OCCUPATION: Retired steelworker and Teacher, President, East Allentown-Rittersville Neighborhood. QUALIFICATIONS: 35 years experience dealing with issues pertinent to all neighborhoods; Archivist, Videographer and Collection Chairman for Steelworkers Archives. Received Leonard Buch Award from Allentown Crime Watch. Constant attendee of Commissioner meetings. RESPONSE: Fiscal responsibility excessive spending results in additional revenue needs and taxpayers do not want another 16% tax hike. They prefer at least 0% tax hike or tax cut or credit if possible, and if the Commissioners can pass a budget with enough expenditures to meet the urgent needs or requirements of Lehigh County without a tax hike then we all are better off in these trying economic times. GEOFFREY S. BRACE Allentown www.geoffbrace.com D.O.B.: 1980 EDUCATION: Graduate of Parkland High School; BA, Ursinus College; Masters, Lehigh University. OCCUPATION: Executive Director, Kutztown Community Partnership. QUALIFICATIONS: Awarded 20 under 40 by East Penn Business Journal; Allentown Zoning Hearing Board; Assistant Moderator, Penn Northeast Conference of United Church of Christ; Executive Committee, Justice Witness Ministries UCC; local church leadership. RESPONSE: The Lehigh Valleys economy has not recovered from the economic recession. To do this, Lehigh County must be fiscally responsible, learning to do more for taxpayers with less taxpayer dollars. We also need to support private sector job creation that pays family sustaining wages. Finally, we need to protect our communities. It is clear that Washington-style politics of gridlock and poor spending decisions cannot find their way into Lehigh County government. TIMOTHY S. WAITKUS Upper Macingie Twp. www.votewaitkus.com D.O.B.: 1983 EDUCATION: Northampton High School, 2002; University of the Sciences, Philadelphia; B.S. 2007. OCCUPATION: Medical Device Territory Manager. QUALIFICATIONS: I have had a successful business career in the private sector which has instilled in me the importance of valuebased decision making. I have spent a lifetime in leadership roles where my peers have looked to me for guidance. RESPONSE: Voters of Lehigh County have a decision to make in November. Whether to vote for a slate of candidates bound by ideology to cut government services at any cost, or to vote for someone who will continue to fight for an efficient and effective local government. If elected, I will fight for the people of Lehigh County in an open-minded and thoughtful manner. I promise to be a public servant, not a politician.

COUNTY CONTROLLER
Candidates were asked: What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it? Term: 4 years

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Republican GLENN ECKHART Salisbury Twp. www.glenneckhart.com D.O.B.: 1967 EDUCATION: Not provided. OCCUPATION: Owner of a small business; Lehigh County Commissioner. QUALIFICATIONS: 15 years as a small business owner; Lehigh County Commissioner for 6 years; Manager of a Fortune 750 company for 6 years; Salisbury Township Commissioner for 6 years; Salisbury Township School Board Director for 2 years. RESPONSE: As Lehigh County Controller I will work to execute more performance based audits looking for cost saving measures to help reduce or maintain low property taxes. I will be the fiscal watchdog for the taxpayers of Lehigh County informing them of future tax increases before they occur which has not happened in the recent past. Democrat THOMAS SLONAKER Whitehall Twp. www.tomslonakercontroller.com D.O.B.: 1952 EDUCATION: M.B.A. in Finance, Wilkes University; B.A. in Economics, DeSales University; Graduate, Allentown Central Catholic High School. OCCUPATION: Lehigh County Controller; Senior Tax Analyst. QUALIFICATIONS: Lehigh County Controller; Secretary, Lehigh County Pension Board; Former Whitehall Township Treasurer; Past President, Whitehall Board of Commissioners; Enrolled Agent Licensed by the IRS; Auditor, Former Merchants Bank. RESPONSE: The most important issue is ensuring the residents that the Controller has the knowledge, experience and qualification to do the job. The Controller must be capable of handling the complexities of auditing, financial forecasting and remaining an independent fiscal watchdog of taxpayer dollars. I will use my experience and qualifications to continue upon my first term successes; modernizing the office, uncovering an embezzlement scheme, correcting vendor overbilling practices and saving taxpayers over a million dollars.

JIM MARTIN Upper Saucon Twp. D.O.B.: 1945 EDUCATION: Allentown Central Catholic High School, 1963; Mount Saint Marys College, B.S., 1967; Temple University School of Law, J. D., 1972. OCCUPATION: District Attorney of Lehigh County. QUALIFICATIONS: District Attorney, 13 plus years; First Assistant DA, 5 years; Assistant DA, 11/2 years; Over 20 years prosecutorial experience; Over 25 years private practice of law emphasis, litigation. RESPONSE: Campaign presents contrast of my experience and proven record, versus no relevant experience in opponent. He has never appeared in, or tried a criminal case in common pleas court. Ive personally prosecuted hundreds of cases, including obtaining guilty jury verdicts in 12 murder cases, without a loss. Office record includes 97% convictions in 60,000 cases; convictions in 169 of 175 murders; all within budget. The practices and procedures which produced that record will continue. Democrat EDWARD F. KOREN Whitehall Twp. www.edkoren.com D.O.B.: 1954 EDUCATION: Graduate Whitehall High School, 1972; A.A. Lehigh Community College, 1975 B.A. Alvernia College, 1976; J.D. Temple University, 1983. OCCUPATION: Attorney-At-Law. QUALIFICATIONS: US Secret Service, PA State Police, Allentown Police-30 years; Managed 75200 employeessuccessful prosecutions when the District Attorney opposed pursuing them. Attorney-26 years; civil rights, labor, securities, real estate law. RESPONSE: Gang-related or not, the number of unsolved murders in Lehigh County is the major crime issue facing our community, Whether recent murders in the County and in particular in Allentown or cold-cases in Emmaus and North Whitehall, unsolved murders demand ongoing investigation. Although technology assists, people still solve the crimes. I will communicate and partner with police to review the status of investigations. I will listen before I talk and then help formulate strategies to move forward.

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SHERIFF
Candidates were asked: What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it? Term: 4 years

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Republican ANDY ROMAN Whitehall Twp. www.newsheriffandy.com D.O.B.: 1956 EDUCATION: Whitehall High School 1974; AA Degree Information Management (Community College of the Air Force 1994); BA Degree Organizational Management (Eastern University 1995). OCCUPATION: Workforce Management

DISTRICT ATTORNEY
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Republican

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Specialist ADP Inc.; Financial Advisor Primerica QUALIFICATIONS: U.S. Air Force 20 years (Aircrew Member 16th Special Operations Squadron as an Aerial Gunner); Lehigh County Commissioner 8 years. RESPONSE: Sheriff Rossis poor performance seriously risks public safety. The sheriff has no computer or email. Rossi has a backlog of 3,200 arrest warrants! Court House personnel fear for their safety. Deputies poorly trained. Lawsuits filed against Rossi cost taxpayers over $150,000 in legal fees. Andy Roman will immediately conduct a performance audit, train an Active Shooter defense team, connect Most Wanted website to a public tip-line to catch criminals, protect your family now! Democrat RONALD W. ROSSI Allentown D.O.B.: 1936 EDUCATION: Graduated from Foster Twp. H.S. in 1954 (Luzerne Co.), U.S. Marine Corp. 1954-57. Completed many programs relative to Sheriff Offices. OCCUPATION: PA. State Police for 29 years prior to retirement. This is my 20th year as the Elected Sheriff of Lehigh County. QUALIFICATIONS: 49 years in law enforcement. RESPONSE: The primary issue is my experience over 49 years of direct law enforcement experience, as either a PA. State Police Trooper, (29 years) and the past 20 years as an elected Administrator. There is no way around it, this re-election is a referendum on my record

ELECTION 2011
DISTRICT 31-3-01
Slatington Borough, Heidelberg, Lynn and Washington Townships

DISTRICT 31-1-04
Allentown Wards 12, 16, 19

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Republican/Democrat DAVID HOWELLS JR.

clarified and I would be wary of tampering with the publics rights. The political nature of running for office is in direct conflict with the prohibition of any political activity except for the year in which we seek office. ///

DISTRICT 31-1-08
Fountain Hill Borough and Salisbury Township

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Republican/Democrat ROD. R. BECK

DISTRICT 31-1-05
Allentown Wards 14, 15. Catasauqua Borough and Hanover Township

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Republican

DISTRICT 31-3-02
Alburtis Borough, Lower Macungie, Upper Macungie and Weisenberg Townships

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Republican/Democrat MICHAEL D. DAMORE

MICHAEL J. POCHRON
Salisbury Twp. D.O.B.: 1955 EDUCATION: Graduated Salisbury High School 1973; B.S. East Stroudsburg University 1977. OCCUPATION: Police Officer DeSales University, Head Baseball Coach Salisbury High School. QUALIFICATIONS: Salisbury Township Police Officer, 29 years. Completed Magisterial District Judge certification course. RESPONSE: I would support a constitutional amendment that would make qualifications the determining factor in selecting judges and remove the influence of campaign contributions. I would support an amendment where the public would vote in non-partisan retention elections. This way people would still have the right to choose who makes the decisions that affect their lives. This way judges would be accountable for their decisions. Voters could still express their will through judicial retention elections. Democrat LINDA J. MINGER Salisbury Twp. D.O.B.: 1954 EDUCATION: Salisbury High School, 1972; LCCC, 1974; additional studies at Kutztown University and DeSales University. OCCUPATION: Salisbury Township Treasurer. QUALIFICATIONS: Township Treasurer, 26 years; Community youth and athletic program coach (SYA) and leader (Girl Scouts); Salisbury Athletic Booster Club Treasurer; Bethlehem Catholic Booster Club Secretary; Served my Church in many capacities,/// RESPONSE: Yes, I would support this measure. Because of the potential longevity of the decisions of the statewide Appellate Courts we must ensure that these decisions are made in the most impartial way possible. The best way to accomplish this goal is to remove money from the process. However, I feel that Common Pleas and Magisterial District Judges should remain elected. These are the peoples courts; the voters are the best way to select these jurists.

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Republican/Democrat MICHAEL FAULKNER

DISTRICT 31-1-06
Bethlehem Wards 10, 11, 12, 13

CITIES CITY OF ALLENTOWN


Candidates were asked: What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?

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Republican JUSTIN R. SERFASS www.serfassforjudge.com D.O.B.: 1988 EDUCATION: Graduate, Bangor High School, High Honors; Moravian College Honors B.A. Sociology, Pre-Law; B.A. German; Certification for MDJ minor Judiciary Education Board, 2010. Re-certified 2011. OCCUPATION: none provided. QUALIFICATIONS: Internship, Court of Common Pleas; Top MDJ first time test score; various scholastic achievement and leadership awards in college and community; County Committee person. RESPONSE: Merit selection would defeat the purpose of allowing Pennsylvania citizens right to be heard through an election. Any person who meets the requirements set forth by the State Constitution for a judicial office can appear on the ballot which is how public offices are meant to be filled. Merit appointments would equate to partisan control of an office meant to be impartial. Currently, the amount of money spent cannot ultimately determine a judicial candidates outcome. Democrat WAYNE MAURA FaceBook: Re-Elect Wayne Maura District Judge D.O.B.: 1954 EDUCATION: Liberty High School 1972; Supreme Court of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Minor Judiciary Education Board Certified 1999. Re-certified annually. OCCUPATION: Magisterial District Judge. QUALIFICATIONS: Completing six years as Magisterial District Judge. Handling caseload of approximately 5,000 cases annually. Lifelong resident of my District. I know the values and concerns of West Bethlehem residents. Self-employed many years, sensitive to the financial struggles of many who come before the court. RESPONSE: Assuming there is this public concern, I would be willing to look at the process of merit selection. Obviously, many details of that process would have to be

CITY COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

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Republican BOB TOTH www.tothforcouncil.com D.O.B.: 1985 EDUCATION: Kutztown University, B.A. History and Political Science, 2011; School of Infantry, 2004; William Allen High School Graduate, 2003. OCCUPATION: Membership Administrator, 24-7 Fitness Clubs. QUALIFICATIONS: Born and raised in Allentown; Eagle Scout; Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (veteran); Kutztown University Student Ambassador to Kutztown Borough Council, Kutztown Neighborhood Watch committee. RESPONSE: The Allentown government cannot continue its current spending habits; fiscal responsibility is the top priority. In order to achieve this, Council must send a referendum to the voters to amend the Home Rule Charter to allow more checks and balances during the budget process. With an improved budget cycle and fiscal accountability, we will be able to increase crime prevention, economic growth and the quality of life for residents. ERIC WEISS D.O.B.: 1948 EDUCATION: William Allen High School, 1966; University of Massachusetts, Boston, B.A.1972. OCCUPATION: Director of Project Development, HADC Allentown; President, Material Complexions, Inc. QUALIFICATIONS: Allentown Director Building Standards, 12 years; HARB V. Chair, 2007;

CLERK OF JUDICIAL RECORDS


Term: 4 years

THE MORNING CALL

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Republican/Democrat ANDREA NAUGLE

CORONER
Term: 4 years

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011

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Republican No candidate Democrat SCOTT M. GRIM

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE


Candidates were asked: Because of some public concern about the amount of money being spent on statewide judicial elections, would you support an amendment to the PA Constitution changing the method of selecting statewide judges to a merit selection process? Why or why not? Term: 6 years

DISTRICT 31-2-03
Emmaus and Macungie Boroughs, Upper Milford Township

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Republican/Democrat DONNA R. BUTLER

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International Code Council Certified; Consultant University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government; Pennsylvania Building Officials Conference Region President, State 1st V President 2007. RESPONSE: The major issue is the current lack of an open, balanced government in Allentown resulting in the loss of checks and balances required for any government to provide quality administration, fiscal management and legislation aimed solely at serving the citizens of Allentown. We must elect officials who will think, act and vote independently and re-engage Allentonians, promoting their ability to direct their government in ways that solve their problems and address their needs. STEVEN RAMOS http://stevenramos.com D.O.B.: 1975 EDUCATION: Allen High School, 1993; U.S. Army Logistics School, 1994. OCCUPATION: Executive Director, Lehigh County Republican Committee; Self-Employed Systems Administrator / Website. QUALIFICATIONS: Director of Hispanic Outreach for Senator Santorum, 2006; Borough of West Chester Police Partnership Team, Founding Member 4 Years; Judge of Elections, Yearly; Participant in multiple neighborhood associations, Yearly. RESPONSE: Many challenges face our city lack of job opportunities, protection of rights, safer neighborhoods, schools, and parks. The area affected most by our city council is ensuring a right and honorable governance. We need a city council that will: Monitor how taxes are spent, demand audits be completed on time; Allow public review on all projects; Inform public of why laws are changed or enacted; Allow voters to elect members of boards and commissions. Democrat PETER G. SCHWEYER www.peterschweyer.com D.O.B.: 1978 EDUCATION: Education: Pennsylvania State University, B.A. Political Science, 2000; CCHS Graduate; 1996. OCCUPATION: Chief of Staff, Rep. Jennifer Mann; Vice Pres, City Council. QUALIFICATIONS: Born and raised in Allentown; Chairman LANTA Board of Directors; Elected Vice President of Council; Chairman of Blighted Property Review Board; Former Leg Asst for Rep. Samuelson and Sen. Boscola. RESPONSE: We must focus on protecting and strengthening our neighborhoods by fighting slumlords, promoting homeownership and combating all types of crime. I wrote Allentowns groundbreaking law that forces landlords to evict tenants who are convicted of a drug offense. I authored Allentowns comprehensive anti-graffiti law, which is now one of the toughest in the state. I will work with our neighborhood groups, police department and appropriate city agencies to target our worst slumlords and combat blight. JEANETTE EICHENWALD D.O.B.: 1944 EDUCATION: Muhlenberg, B.A.; Kutztown, M.A. OCCUPATION: Muhlenberg College, Program

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Coordinator. Allentown councilwoman. QUALIFICATIONS: Vice-President, DataSys Technologies; Spanish/ESOL teacher, Salisbury; Allentown School Board Director/Cochair education committee; Recipient: Medal of Freedom, Central Catholic High School; Raoul Wallenberg Interfaith Award, Muhlenberg College; Service above Self Award, Allentown Rotary; Athena Award, Chamber of Commerce; Humanitarian Award, Bnai Brith. RESPONSE: I recognize the importance of a welcoming tax and regulatory environment to attracting and maintaining businesses. Strong businesses are the lifeline of a community. Crime and the fear of crime are impediments to business activities and quality of life. Balancing the budget and identifying novel ways to deliver property tax relief are important toward achieving fiscal responsibility. To maintain the residential base and businesses, improve the educational level of our workforce through support of schools. FRANK CONCANNON No response public service commitment as Allentowns fiscal watchdog. My website displays my 5-point plan to strengthen the Controllers office and make it a true fiscal watchdog for the people. small businesses, former Marine, Inspector of Elections, Judge of Elections, Board member of South Bethlehem Historical Society. RESPONSE: The residents of Bethlehem are on the brink when it comes to finances. I feel that $350 million worth of debt, higher taxes, and a complete lack of oversight of the Administration is inexcusable. Small business, not government is the backbone of our community. Economic growth can be achieved by lowering taxes on property and businesses so money which is saved can be invested back into the community and job creation. Democrat ROBERT J. DONCHEZ www.bobdonchez.com D.O.B.: not provided EDUCATION: Liberty High School, 1968; Kutztown State University,1972. OCCUPATION: Retired educator, Allentown School District, 2007 (35 years teaching); current Chief of Staff for Representative Joseph Brennan, since 2007. QUALIFICATIONS: City Council since 1996; City Council President1998-2001; Current City Council President 2008 present; served on many City boards and community organizations. RESPONSE: Major Issues facing Bethlehem: 1) Fiscal responsibility: Proposed and sponsored legislation that requires city administration to obtain City Council approval for using dedicated bonds, bank notes, & lines of credit and any other form of borrowing for anything other than its intended purpose. 2) Public Safety: Continue to be a strong advocate for public safety initiatives. 3) Economic Development: Continue to support economic development in Bethlehem and the completion of LVIP7 & Majestic Site. 4) Neighborhoods: continue to support strong code enforcements. J. WILLIAM REYNOLDS www.jwilliamrenolds.net D.O.B.: 1981 EDUCATION: Liberty High School, 1999; Moravian College, 2003. OCCUPATION: Teacher, Allen High School, Allentown School District; Bethlehem City Councilman. QUALIFICATIONS: Bethlehem Area Public Library Board of Directors (2008-present); Legislative Aide to State Rep. Steve Samuelson (2003-2009); VIA of the Lehigh Valley, Board of Directors, All-star Basketball Clinic (2009-present). RESPONSE: Government must learn to do more with less. I have never voted to raise taxes. In 2010, I wrote the measure to cut City Councils budget by 14%, which allowed us to add new police officers. This year I led the fight to cut 6 million dollars from the Citys budget. If re-elected, I will continue to find ways to cut spending and keep Bethlehem a safe city. MICHAEL D. RECCHIUTI www.mikeforcouncil.com D.O.B.: 1976 EDUCATION: B.A., Penn State University, 1999; Juris Doctor, Western New England University School of Law, 2003; Graduate OF Freedom High School, 1995. OCCUPATION: Attorney. QUALIFICATIONS: Bethlehem Parking Authority, Board of Directors 2009-current,

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Republican TOM CARROLL www.tomcarrollforcouncil.com D.O.B.: 1962 EDUCATION: 1980 LaQuinta HS; 1984. Penn State, BA; 1988 Catholic University of America, Juris Doctorate. OCCUPATION: Attorney. QUALIFICATIONS: Self employed 16 years; Served the citizens of Montgomery and Northampton Counties as a Prosecutor for 6 years; Served as President and Legal Counsel of a National Fraternity. RESPONSE: Bethlehem has over $300 million of debt. The General Fund deficit for 2010 was $7.2 million. At the same time there is a lot of waste. The Mayor and Department heads continue to drive city cars at the taxpayers expense as one example. They promised a tax cut when the casino was approved. Spending must be cut and taxes lowered. Essential city services will not be cut, only waste and unnecessary spending. AL BERNOTAS www.bernotasforcouncil.com D.O.B.: 1942 EDUCATION: MBA, Fairleigh Dickinson University; BA, Rudgers. OCCUPATION: Medical Marketing Representative. QUALIFICATIONS: Resident of the city, 28 years; Executive Director Bethlehem Homeowners Association (founder), 2 years; President , Bethlehem Soccer Club, co-founder (youth soccer), 3 years; Activist, City Council, Zoning Hearing Board, 2 years. RESPONSE: The major issue of this campaign is the complacency of most members of the current City Council to address the financial mismanagement, and the lack of ethics and integrity that exists within the current City administration. One of my solutions would be to introduce an ordinance that would compel the administration to report monthly, to the residents, the projected year-end financial deficit or surplus. Several of the current sitting members of City Council would like to become Mayor, yet they do nothing to impact the financial direction which the City is taking. I would rectify that with relentless pressure to properly manage the Citys resources. TONY SIMAO D.O.B.: 1976 EDUCATION: Freedom High School 1995, Bethlehem Vo-Tech. Northampton Community College, Bloomsburg University. OCCUPATION: Client Advocate Aetna Insurance Co. QUALIFICATIONS: General Manager for

CITY CONTROLLER
Term: 4 years

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Republican LOUIS J. HERSHMAN D.O.B.: 1936 EDUCATION: Accounting, Lehigh County Community College. OCCUPATION: Businessman, Hershman and Associates Income Tax Preparation. QUALIFICATIONS: Controller 24 years and City Council 8 years, PA Controller of the year, 1989, President PA City Controllers. RESPONSE: The major issue is city finances and that takes an independent watchdog for city tax dollars, as when I previously served as Controller. Since I left, the city has financial problems that has led to deficits, which did not happen when I was Controller. I will also bring transparency back to the office. Allentown needs an independent watchdog that will work for them and not the Mayor. Democrat MARY ELLEN KOVAL www.kovalforcontroller.com D.O.B.: 1951 EDUCATION: Dieruff High School. OCCUPATION: Purchasing Agent, City of Allentown. QUALIFICATIONS: Administrator, Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, AFL-CIO, CLC 1969-1985; Executive Director, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Lehigh Valley Region 1985-1999; Currently Purchasing Agent and previously Special Projects Manager, City of Allentown 1999 to present; Vice President, Pennsylvania Public Purchasing Association; Member, National Institute of Governmental Purchasing. RESPONSE: The Controllers first responsibility is to the taxpayer. I will put the taxpayers interests ahead of all political affiliations. My skill and experience with the preparation and review of annual budgets, auditing payments and expenses, and monitoring contract performance and management make me uniquely qualified to continue my

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Lehigh County
Board Secretary, 2011-current.; Lehigh County Democratic Committee Person, 2005-2009; Treasurer, Bethlehem City Democratic Committee, 2007-2011. RESPONSE: Im a taxpayer and homeowner too, and I believe that we must balance the need to maintain our municipal services while recognizing the current economic realities facing taxpayers. Now is not the time to raise taxes, especially on our homeowners and seniors. Let me be clear on this pointwe need to find budget cuts and seek other sources of revenue without raising taxes-period. Our citizens deserve nothing less of me as a councilman. EDUCATION: Graduate Catasauqua 1968; US Navy. OCCUPATION: Business owner Schlegels Dry Cleaners. QUALIFICATIONS: Business owner 37 years, Catasauqua Shade Tree Commission member (Secretary & Vice Chairman), one of the original founders of the Suburban North YMCA, Building Director of Firemans Training Field Project, active in many aspects of Borough Government and have worked with most personnel in Borough Management. RESPONSE: Major issues are many, but to narrow it down to two. 1. MONEY Keeping expenditures in check and making everyone accountable who is spending it. I believe reasonable spending is the key, and being fair and accountable to our taxpayers is unquestionable. 2. Making Borough government user friendly. Many people now believe Borough Government is not user friendly. Meetings are unruly and the permit policy simply unfair. I aim to close the gap on people vs. Government and show a more simplified way of obtaining permits and overall working with Borough Government. BRIAN K. McKITTRICK D.O.B.: 1944 EDUCATION: Catasauqua High School 1963. OCCUPATION: Retired from County Of Lehigh 1999. Was Director Of 911/Comunications for 24 years. QUALIFICATIONS: Present Member of Borough Council, , Chair of Planning and Zoning Committee 2007 to 2009, Elected President of Council 2009 to 2011. Before being elected to borough council served 8 years on Zoning Hearing Board, last four years as chairman of the board. RESPONSE: The building of a municipal complex, this has not been addressed for the last 30 years, in the last four years we made some progress on this goal, the borough needs to provide suitable housing for our fire department , police department and municipal offices. Police headquarters and municipal offices are too small, and the fire department is operating out of 1800s buildings. The borough has experienced damage to police department and borough offices do to water, because of apartments that exist on the floors above /// ROBERT ZAKOS JR. No response Democrat BRIAN BARTHOLOMEW No response JESSICA KROOPE D.O.B.: 1979 EDUCATION: Catasauqua High School, 1997; University of the Arts, BFA, 2002; Scott-White Real Estate Institute, 2004; Cedar Crest College. OCCUPATION: Full-time mom; Ballet Teacher; Jewelry Consultant; Real-Estate Investor. QUALIFICATIONS: Elected Catasauqua Borough Councilwoman in 2007; Chairwoman, Recreation Committee, 4 years; General Government, Public Utilities, Public Works, George Taylor House, and J4 Committees. RESPONSE: We have two major issues: (1) the need to provide proper housing of updated emergency service equipment. This will ensure that our borough residents have the Term: 4 years emergency services when they need it most. I am actively working to address this urgent need. (2) The revitalization of businesses and economic development within the Borough. As Councilwoman, with vision to our future, I am working to stimulate new business development and keep the vital businesses we have. TAMMY L. CAMERON D.O.B.: 1965 EDUCATION: B.S. Business Administration/ Marketing Marywood University, 1989; B.S. Human Resource Mgmt Muhlenberg College, 2000. OCCUPATION: K-Factor Analyst Petro. QUALIFICATIONS: Lifelong Catasauqua resident. Vice President Borough Council 2008 - present. RESPONSE: One major issue in our borough for many years is a need for a fire station. I intend to keep working toward that goal with the best interest of the taxpayers in mind. I will continue to investigate and evaluate opportunities to increase revenue and hold back expenditures in the borough. With vision we can make a proactive plan to grow our borough and replace revenue we have lost on properties acquired by the airport. DEB MELLISH D.O.B.: 1952 EDUCATION: East Brady H.S. Armstrong County, PA1969; Indiana Univ of PA, BS Chemistry1973; Carnegie Mellon Univ. MS Chem Eng1979. OCCUPATION: Retired from energy sector. Part-time mentor @ Lehigh Univ. QUALIFICATIONS: No prior public office. President Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association; Board Member Saucon Valley Conservancy; Leadership Lehigh Valley2008; Member AQ Visual Arts Board. RESPONSE: FLSchmidt/Fuller Property: Its always exciting when a town gets to reclaim its waterfront from its industrial past. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for Catasauqua to create a riverfront area that addresses our public facility needs, adds new tax base, and enhances downtown amenities. I dont believe that zoning alone is sufficient to make this happen and believe the borough needs to invest in its own future. Governance: We seem to be suffering from the same polarization as is evident in national politics, and its hurting our town. ///

ELECTION 2011
COPLAY COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat MATTHEW A. RECKER D.O.B.: 1976 EDUCATION: Graduate of Whitehall High School(1995) B.S. Business Adminstration from Centenary College (2000). OCCUPATION: Legislative Aide for State Representative Joseph Brennan. Freshman boys basketball coach Freedom High School. QUALIFICATIONS: On the board of directors for Coplay Recreation And Welfare Association. Legislative Aide for State Representative Joseph Brennan. RESPONSE: With the changing economy, I feel it is more important than ever to work together with neighboring municipalities on joint matters that could benefit the town and its people. Another issue I feel to address is the needs and concerns of seniors, such as working to secure senior housing in Coplay. DAVID SCOTT ROYER D.O.B.: 1961 EDUCATION: Whitehall- High School, 1979. OCCUPATION: Auto Technician. QUALIFICATIONS: Borough Council (current) 4 yrs.; Ironton Rail Trail Commission (alternative member ) 4 yrs. RESPONSE: Continue to serve and plan for the future needs of the Boroughs residents. Repaving/Reconstruction of streets and Upgrades to Public Properties and Recreational Areas.

TREASURER
Term: 4 years

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Republican No candidates Democrat KAIJA L. FARBER

BOROUGHS
Candidates were asked: What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?

ALBURTIS COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

THE MORNING CALL

Republican
MARVIN P. MANN II D.O.B.: 1962 EDUCATION: Graduate, Northampton High School, 1980. OCCUPATION: Self employed, Manns Auto Service LLC 28 yrs. QUALIFICATIONS: Councilman, Borough of Coplay 38 months; Council President 27 months; Member of Consistory Trinity UCC, 10 yrs.; President of Consistory Trinity UCC, 5 yrs. RESPONSE: Coplay is a great small community. My focus will be to continue enhancing the quality of life within the Borough. Democrat BILL LEINER JR. D.O.B.: 1953 EDUCATION: A.A.,Northampton Community College, 1980, B.A. Moravian College,1984, A.A.J. RNNorthampton Community College, 1993, M.S. Healthcare Adm.St Frances University, 2005, A.A. Penn State2009. OCCUPATION: Director of Mental Health, New Vitae Mental Health Clinic. QUALIFICATIONS: Coplay Council Member 1996-97, Coplay Mayor1998-2007, Lehigh County Commissioner 2008-10, Coplay Town Watch1997-present Vice President, Coplay Scholarship Fund Committee Founder and current chair 2005-

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Republican CATHY MOYER PEG McCORMACK

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011

Democrat
KATHLEEN PALMER KYLE A. BOWER

COOPERSBURG COUNCIL
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Republican JOHN FELCH JOHN WALTERS Democrat No candidates

CATASAUQUA COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

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Republican DAVID MOLONY No response EUGENE H. SCHLEGEL D.O.B.: 1950

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present/// RESPONSE: Major issue is responsible, thoughtful management of current Borough budget in order to run the most efficient, cost effective local government, and that pays attention to every residents concern and treat every resident , no matter what status as respectfully as possible. This issue is really about good government by actively engaging residents. As a lifelong resident, I will provide the upmost level of service to all the residents of Coplay, as I did when I was Mayor.

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to ensure our Emmaus Water System remains under Emmaus public control; Originator of Strike Out the Stadium in our Emmaus Community Park. RESPONSE: Responsible fiscal spending and creating a Budget process based on needs versus wants. I will concentrate on needs Infrastructure, Public Works, Ambulance, Fire and Police versus wants like high maintenance and expensive Baseball Stadiums, Islands down Broad St., and stamped red brick crosswalks. I will encourage and support a higher degree of public input during Council meetings and the webcasting of all Committee meetings. Republican LEE ANN GILBERT D.O.B.: 1961 EDUCATION: 1979 Graduate of Emmaus High School. OCCUPATION: Elected official and Homemaker. QUALIFICATIONS: Current Council President, Completing my 3rd term, Chairperson of the Public Works Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee. RESPONSE: The major issue will be to provide the services Emmaus has come to expect while keeping the overall budget to a minimum. Continue the progress that has been made within the Borough, improve communications with our residents, continue with necessary road improvements and provide a safe and friendly environment to raise a family. Democrat BRIAN HOLTZHAFER Facebook: Friends for Brian Holtzhafer D.O.B.: 1973 EDUCATION: Emmaus High School, 1991; B.S. Environmental Science/Geology Kutztown University; M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction Kutztown University; M.S. Science Education Montana State University, anticipated graduation 2012; Teacher Leader Certificate from Lehigh University. OCCUPATION: 8th Grade Science Teacher Orefield Middle School, Parkland School District. QUALIFICATIONS: Current Vice President of Emmaus Borough Council; Current Chair of Budget & Finance Committee with no tax or fee increases in 2011 or 2012. RESPONSE: The major issue facing Emmaus residents is the challenge of continuing to be a progressive community while managing the revenue and expenses to keep costs at a minimum. Emmaus was ranked as one of the top 100 Best Places to Live and requires a dedicated and forethinking council to continue to be great. Balancing the budget without a tax increase and continuing to evolve, as was done in 2011 and 2012, requires good people. No Affiliation JEFF SHUBZDA No response Term: 2 years Term: 2 years

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Republican CAROLEE GIFFORD www.GiffordforMayor.com D.O.B.: not provided. EDUCATION: Completed Internship and Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA. OCCUPATION: Chaplain, Writer, Councilwoman. QUALIFICATIONS: Fountain Hill Councilwoman, five years; Chair of Fire Committee; Member of Police and House and Ordinance Committees; Member of the Planning Commission. RESPONSE: Community is the major issue in this campaign. I love Fountain Hill! Born and raised here, I want to be a servant leader who will help Fountain Hill residents face the future with pride in their diverse community. Our police force is full of talented officers. They need direction, affirmation and training. I am committed to the department and will work hard to oppose attempts at regionalization. Democrat JOSE ROSADO D.O.B.: 1963 EDUCATION: B.A. Sociology/Criminal Justice Administration, East Stroudsburg University, 1986; M.Ed. Counseling, Lehigh University, 1992; Principal Certification, Indiana University of PA, 1995. OCCUPATION: Director of Community & Student Services / Principal Allentown School District. QUALIFICATIONS: 1) B.A. Sociology/Criminal Justice Administration; 2) 15 years administrative experience Responsibilities include: Supervision/Evaluation, Professional Development, Scheduling, Budget, Accountability; 3) Committees Include: Bethlehem Police Department Community Policing Task Force. RESPONSE: The primary responsibilities are to oversee the police department, ensure public safety and to promote and support a professional police department. This includes supporting initiatives that promote good relationships between law enforcement and residents such as community policing and block watch groups. Fountain Hill is a family oriented community. It is important to promote public safety and a healthy community. I believe my qualifications and experiences make me most qualified to serve as Mayor. ED STECH

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EMMAUS COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

MACUNGIE COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat NATHAN BROWN D.O.B.: 1978 EDUCATION: Pottstown Senior High School, 1997; Valley Forge Christian College; Pastoral Major. OCCUPATION: Project/ Install Manager Technician for Fire Alarm and Security Systems for Governmental, commercial, and industrial buildings. Camera Operator for Service Electric 2 Sports. QUALIFICATIONS: Borough Council Member 4 years since 1/1/08. Volunteer of the year with the 2009 Celebration Committee. RESPONSE: The major issue for this campaign is maintaining the services provided that our residents have come accustomed to and deserve. The way we maintain the standard of living is through fiscal responsibility and community effort. With community involvement and true public servants we can be a great place to live, play, and work. GIOVANNI LANDI http://EPRC.wordpress.com D.O.B.: 1970 EDUCATION: Graduate Bethlehem Catholic High School, 1988; Associate Degree Lincoln Technical Institute, 2006. OCCUPATION: Proposal Engineer. QUALIFICATIONS: U.S. Army Veteran, 3 years, served in Persian Gulf War. RESPONSE: Being fiscally responsible while having the ability to improve critical infrastructure is a major issue at this time. Through better budgeting and tighter constraints on nonessential spending I believe we can improve not only critical infrastructure like the roads and water system, but also improve items that affect the quality of our lives like the park systems. Another issue to address is improving transparency. If elected I would like to implement webcasting of committee meetings. JOHN DONCHES http://EPRC.wordpress.com D.O.B.: 1953 EDUCATION: Hellertown High School, 1970; A.A Automotive Technology, Penn State College of Technology, 1973. OCCUPATION: Self-Employed. QUALIFICATIONS: Long-time resident; President of E-FLOW (Emmaus for Locally Owned Water) got enough petitions signed

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Republican/Democrat DEBRA A. COPE D.O.B.: 1957 EDUCATION: Palmyra Area High School, 1975. OCCUPATION: General Mills On-Site Coordinator, Northeast Frozen Division. QUALIFICATIONS: Resident of Macungie Borough, 21 yrs. RESPONSE: The major issue facing the Borough of Macungie is the ongoing conflict between the Mayor, Council, and Police Department. Its like were frozen in time and cant seem to move forward. I will bring leadership to the Borough by making timely, wellconsidered, and unbiased decisions. More importantly, I will do the right thing. As a resident of Macungie, I owe it to myself, my family and the community to help bring unity back to the Borough. Republican CHRISTOPHER T. BECKER D.O.B.: Not provided. EDUCATION: Not provided. OCCUPATION: Professional Estimator; Project manager & Shareholder in a Commercial Construction Company for 30 years. QUALIFICATIONS: Member of the Macungie Zoning Hearing Board since 1998, Chairman since 2009; Member of Grace Lutheran ChurchMacungie, Vice President; Member of the Macungie sidewalk ordinance committee; Member of the Macungie Historical Society; Former Board Member of the Lehigh Valley Associated Builders and Contractors 14 yrs./// RESPONSE: I believe that the current Council has become sidetracked with many legal issues that are affecting the quality of our Borough. These issues have stopped and/or hindered the cohesiveness of this Council. I believe I can and will make a difference if elected. My experience as a Project manager has taught me to deal with people, manage multi-million dollar projects simultaneously, to be performance and scheduling oriented. My experience as an estimator has taught me to develop budgets and to be fiscally responsible./// GREGORY A. HUTCHISON No response.

THE MORNING CALL

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011

COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

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Republican No candidates Democrat FRED CAPUANO DOUGLAS D. TROTTER JR. NORMAN E. BLATT JR.

FOUNTAIN HILL MAYOR

Lehigh County
Democrat GUY RAMSEY No response Term: 2 years make some cold hard choices. Spending needs to be cut in all departments. We need to work together to pull this off, In closing the only promise that I will make is to do my best and to look at all issues put in front of me with a fresh look, no matter how big or small, and to keep my door open to all people. CAROL A. GILDNER D.O.B.: 1952 EDUCATION: Slatington High School graduate-1970, Bethlehem Business School graduate-1971. OCCUPATION: BookkeeperRentschler Chevrolet Slatington1981-present, BookkeeperMueller Chevrolet1971-1981. QUALIFICATIONS: Resident of Slatington for over 30 years. RESPONSE: The major issue in the Borough of Slatington is the unjust way that the single homeowners are billed for the Water and Sewer. They are billed quarterly at a set rate for 8,000 gallons whether they use that amount or not. However, owners of apartment buildings are billed only one set rate not multiplied per apartment. Recently, we have been informed that apartments outnumber the single homes. If elected, this issue will be addressed as soon as possible in 2012. KRIS BUREK www.krisburek.us D.O.B.: 1951 EDUCATION: Upsala College, Management; Penn State, Paralegal Studies; Citizens Police Academy; Ethics Training, DCED; FEMA Training; Human Resources workshops. OCCUPATION: Operations Management; Borough Council since 2006. QUALIFICATIONS: I have served on Council since 2006. Chair of the Highway Committee during the reconstruction of the Gen. Morgan Bridge project; Chair of the Sewer Committee during the $7 million PennVEST project; previous volunteer on the Community Justice Panel; Northern Lehigh Act One Panel Member; member of the Congress of Governments; founding member of the Slatington Crime Watch. RESPONSE: Fiscal solvency must be restored in the Borough. I propose we realign charges for water and sewer for equality among homeowners, businesses and rental units. I would make the Ordinance Enforcement Officer a full time position and pursue violators of Borough Code, including blighted properties and apply fines and fees, as warranted. All vendors would be re-evaluated to make certain that we are getting the most value for our tax dollars. MEL GILDNER D.O.B.: 1946 EDUCATION: Attended Slatington High School. OCCUPATION: Retired. QUALIFICATIONS: Slatington Borough Resident. RESPONSE: The water and sewer rates are my major issue. When you have a building with 10 apts. in it paying a few dollars more than a single homeowner, that I feel is totally wrong. We are totally discriminating the single homeowners in the Borough. A 10 unit apt. should be paying 10 times the rate of a single homeowner to be fair. I will defend the single homeowners on this issue.

ELECTION 2011
Democrat CARL C. BREININGER D.O.B.: 1944 EDUCATION: Northwestern High School, 1962. OCCUPATION: Retired. QUALIFICATIONS: President NWHS Booster Club, President NYAA, VP Germansville Fire Co., Township Auditor, Township Referendum Committee, Church Youth Group Advisor, Chairperson Board of Directors, Heidelberg Game Assn., President UAW Local 677 (14 yrs.), President Mack Truck Council (10yrs.), President Pennsylvania Community Action Program. RESPONSE: The issue is WE THE PEOPLE. Doing the right thing for all people is paramount. Having always lived in this rural community, I want to preserve this heritage for generations to come. My financial experience in numerous organizations and work has given me the tools to better use local tax money. WE THE PEOPLE face financial challenges that will be satisfied by cutting unnecessary spending. We cannot rely on shrinking Government grant money.

TOWNSHIPS
Candidates were asked: What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?

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Republican LINN WALKER Democrat No candidates

HANOVER BALLOT QUESTION


Hanover Township Charter Amendment Referendum Shall Section 5.05 of the Home Rule Charter of Hanover Township be amended to conform with state law by permitting the Township to engage public or private agencies to perform certain functions of the Township Treasury Department, including collection and deposit of taxes, subject to the posting of a surety bond in an amount no less than the collections in its possession at any time or as otherwise provided by law?

Vote Yes or No

SLATINGTON COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

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Republican GWYNETH A. NEFF No response BOB STEETS No response DAVID R. SCHNAARS D.O.B.: 1944 EDUCATION: Grad. Millville Area Joint HS 1962, Bloomsburg University 1967, Lancaster Theological Seminary 1994. OCCUPATION: Transitional (Interim) Minister. QUALIFICATIONS: Member Parks & Recreation Commission, 4yrs; Ministry, 17 yrs; Bd. of Directors, Habitat for Humanity of Susquehanna Co. 2yrs; Pres. Bd of Directors, Susquehanna County Interfaith Friends, 2yrs; 18 yrs. Involvement in fast food, including multi-unit management; computer sales, 9 yrs. RESPONSE: One of the issues is the lack of confidence residents feel in the Borough Council. At present they do not feel that they are being heard or that the Council is acting in their best interests. I would work to make all processes as transparent as possible and working to create an orderly process through which their suggestions could be heard and explored. My chief aim would be to restore confidence and pride to the community. GALEN FREED No response Democrat DANIEL L. SELL D.O.B.: 1962 EDUCATION: High school, some college, trade school other courses through work as foster parent. OCCUPATION: HVAC mechanic. QUALIFICATIONS: Worked as union negotator; Been in the commercial setting over 10 yrs. RESPONSE: My stand is cutting back, (smaller government), a fresh look at the water and sewer billing. The taxpayers are being hit hard, and its time that we tighten our belts and

COUNCIL
Term: 4 years

LOWER MACUNGIE COMMISSIONER


Term: 4 years

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Republican No candidates Democrat WILLIAM J. KOVACS SR. MICHAEL J. WOOLLEY

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Republican DOUGLAS H. BROWN D.O.B.: 1956 EDUCATION: BS degree Civil Engineering, the Pennsylvania State University, 1979. OCCUPATION: Professional Civil Engineer, President of Brown Consulting Engineers. QUALIFICATIONS: Judicially appointed Township Commissioner, 2 years; Elected Township Commissioner, 2 years; 26 years experience in municipal engineering, zoning and planning; Local business owner, 7 years; Township resident and homeowner for over 20 years. RESPONSE: The major issue in this campaign is fiscal responsibility and accountability. In this economy the challenge will be to establish and maintain a manageable balanced budget. I consider it my responsibility to ensure that our budget allows for the continuation of the services that our residents expect and rely upon while not exceeding available revenue. I would use my previous years of experience to develop, implement and maintain a budget that best serves our community. JIM LANCSEK No response Democrat ROBERT L. SHARPE JR. www.sharpe4lowermacungie.com D.O.B.: 1955 EDUCATION: Rochester Institute of Technology, B.S., 1979; Temple Law School, J.D., 1998. OCCUPATION: Attorney, Sharpe Law Office, Wescosville. QUALIFICATIONS: Municipal government

HEIDELBERG SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years

THE MORNING CALL

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Republican STEVE BACHMAN Facebook: ElectSteveBachman D.O.B.: 1965 EDUCATION: Graduate, Northwestern HS 1983; Graduate, Fort McClellan Military Police Academy, 1984; Graduate, LCCC, AS-EET, 1988. OCCUPATION: Physical Design Engineer, LSI, 1988; Heidelberg Township Supervisor, 2006. QUALIFICATIONS: Vice Chairman, Heidelberg Supervisors, 5 yrs; Member/Chairman, Heidelberg Planning Commission, 5 yrs; Lifelong resident of Lynn/Heidelberg, with a sincere love of the rural, farming based community we all enjoy. RESPONSE: Agricultural Zoning remains the hot issue in Heidelberg. AG ZONING has proven to be our most effective tool in limiting the loss of our highly productive agricultural land. I support our AG ZONING, and will work to ensure that our rural way of life is not lost to uncontrolled development. Our future generations should be able to enjoy the wonderful experience of living in an area where the majority of land is used for farming.

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experience as member of planning commission, pension board and recreation commission; former board member of non-profit downtown merchants organization; former newspaper editor with state awards for investigative journalism; practicing attorney since 1999. RESPONSE: The townships policy of deficit spending must be corrected to avoid imposition of a new property tax. Although the recession has forced most to do more with less, Lower Macungie has outspent revenues for three consecutive years and even greater spending is budgeted for 2012 despite an expected half-million dollar drop in income. Much of this spending results from increased demand for public services due to over development.

Lehigh County
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Republican RICHARD B. HUGHES Democrat No candidates OCCUPATION: Civil Engineer. QUALIFICATIONS: Civil Engineer with 32 years experience including Land Development, Zoning Appeals, Building Design, Permitting and Construction Observation and a life long township resident familiar with all aspects of the community. RESPONSE: The 50% tax increase for 2011 is troubling. Development is stagnant and small business in the community can not expand due to costly permitting requirements and fees. The continued purchasing of land to be used for parks, cost overruns on municipal projects, and long term debt liabilities are significantly eroding the townships financial base. I support spending for essential services, and infrastructure maintenance only and becoming for fiscally responsible and permit friendly. Democrat TERRY STOUDT D.O.B.: 1938 EDUCATION: Graduate, Slatington High School, 1956; Philadelphia School of Barber, 1957. OCCUPATION: Barber. QUALIFICATIONS: 12 years as a Supervisor, 40 years as a High School & youth sports coach, Worked all over the country as a College Basketball Official. RESPONSE: It is my intention to run for Township Supervisor as a working Supervisor. I believe in order to manage and conduct Township business affairs properly, it is essential to work there. Consequently, this would eliminate the position of a manager. I was previously Township Supervisor for 12 years which affords me with the invaluable experience to be effective. I have helped to build parks and walking trails for children and adults. Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat JOANNE C. ACKERMAN

SOUTH WHITEHALL COMMISSIONER


Term: 4 years

LYNN SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years

Vote for not more than three


Republican/Democrat GLENN BOCK www.glennblockcpa.com D.O.B.: 1957 EDUCATION: Graduate Parkland High School 1975; B.S. in Business Administration American University, Washington, D.C. 1979. OCCUPATION: CPA for 29 years with a specialty in forensic (investigative) accounting. Also own alarm/security company. QUALIFICATIONS: SWT Zoning Hearing Board for 6+ years, CPA expert in finances, expert in crime prevention and fire protection. RESPONSE: As Commissioner, and with 29 years of CPA experience, I will ensure a balanced budget that redirects and allocates tax dollars to our police and fire departments and away from areas of past waste and overspending. Our police and fire departments will be fully staffed and trained with the latest and best crime prevention and fire protection equipment necessary to protect and keep our community safe. More info at: www.glennblockcpa.com DAVID BOND www.VoteForBond.com D.O.B.: 1964 EDUCATION: Mississippi State University 1986, B.B.A. Marketing. OCCUPATION: Bon-Ton Stores, Divisional Vice President of Transportation. Cetronia Ambulance & Northwestern Ambulance Emergency Medical Technician. QUALIFICATIONS: My community involvement and business experience has prepared me for Commissioner. My experience in logistics, human resources, budgets, and operations are skills that will benefit our community. RESPONSE: The residents and businesses of South Whitehall deserve Commissioners who are engaged in the process. They want to be able to have their commissioners listen to their issues and represent them fairly and in a responsible manner. I believe strongly in team relationships and in collaborative thinking when solving problems. These skills, coupled with my desire to listen and learn from our residents, will benefit us in making the right decisions on the Board of Commissioners. Republican DALE DAUBERT D.O.B.: 1930 EDUCATION: Graduate, South Whitehall H. S., U.S. Army Veteran 2nd Armored Division. OCCUPATION: Retired Lehigh County Administrator.

LOWER MILFORD SUPERVISOR


Term: 6 years Republican/Democrat DONNA WRIGHT D.O.B.: 1961 EDUCATION: Land Use, Law and Management accredited courses, township continuing education through PSATS. OCCUPATION: Supervisor Chair, LVPC member representing Lehigh Co. QUALIFICATIONS: Serving the Township since 1999 in variety of capacities; Supervisor (5 yrs), Planning Commission (5 yrs) Township Fall Festival (9 yrs), R&O Board (5 yrs), Zoning Hearing Board (5 yrs). LVPC member (2 yrs). RESPONSE: Major concerns are control of spending and keeping a workable budget that complies with responsible Emergency Services, improvement to infrastructure as well as Government Mandates. As Supervisor I will continue to be vigilant managing rising costs while responding to resident needs including successfully continuing road/bridge repairs, keeping residents safe with Police and Ambulance coverage, supporting the Fire Department and upholding our rural Heritage and lifestyle through thoughtful and sustainable Planning. No Affiliation BRUCE KAPLAN No response

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Republican JUSTIN N. SMITH No response Democrat SCOTT FEINOUR D.O.B.: 1962 EDUCATION: Northwestern Lehigh High School, 1980; Lehigh County Vocational Technical School, 1980. OCCUPATION: Snyder Construction, 20 years. QUALIFICATIONS: Lynn Township Vacancy Board, 4 years; Continual attendance of Lynn Township BOS meetings, 10 years; Knowledge of Township issues: Past, Present, Future; Past Director, NTFC, 12 years; Actively served committees, NTFC: (i.e. Tanker, By-Laws, Rescue, Fundraising, Audit.). RESPONSE: Government Accountability. Over the last six years, Lynn Township Supervisors made great strides reforming our local government. One small step included starting a township web site. Believing Sunshine is the best disinfectant, I encourage adding further information: (i.e. list monthly bills, draft ordinances, audit reports, budgets, meeting agendas, etc.) Of more importance, the board enacted strong accounting standards leading to elimination of nuisance taxes and lowering of property taxes, I support following their vision.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011

SALISBURY COMMISSIONER 1ST WARD


Term: 4 years

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Republican No candidate Democrat ROBERT MARTUCCI

NORTH WHITEHALL BALLOT QUESTION


Should two additional supervisors be elected to serve in the township?

THE MORNING CALL

SUPERVISOR
Term: 2 years

Vote Yes or No

COMMISSIONER 3RD WARD


Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat MIKE SNOVITCH

SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years

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Republican

LOWHILL SUPERVISOR 10
Term: 6 years

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Republican STEVE PANY D.O.B.: 1957 EDUCATION: Graduate Parkland High School 1975; BSCE Lehigh University 1979; MSCE Lehigh University 1982.

DEBRA BRINTON Democrat No candidates

COMMISSIONER 5TH WARD

Lehigh County
QUALIFICATIONS: Township Commissioner, 22 yrs.; Parkland School Director, 18 yrs.; Lehigh County Administrator, 21 yrs. RESPONSE: The major issue remains the same as 22 years ago. When I sought my first term. and that is to provide and improve municipal services to our citizenry without increasing taxes. I do believe that I have been a substantial force in making this a reality, and if re-elected, my mission to our citizenry will not change. I will make every effort to keep our township the envy of the area. Democrat BRIAN HITE www.brianhite.com D.O.B.: 1970 EDUCATION: Parkland School District Graduate 1988; Lehigh County Vocational Technical School 1988; Penn State University, Business Logistics 2004. OCCUPATION: Tractor Trailer Mechanic / Supervisor; Business Logistics Management; South Whitehall Planning Commission Member. QUALIFICATIONS: South Whitehall Planning Commission Member; Over 230 Township Board of Commissioner meetings attended as a concerned citizen; Environmental Advisory Council Member. RESPONSE: South Whitehall has not had a tax increase in 23 years, I am committed to ensuring that pattern of financial responsibility continues while also maintaining all provided services while improving financial oversight through honesty, accountability and transparency. I pledge to make sure that the Township Fire Companies and Police always have the best equipment, training and support possible. I will work to improve communication, information and problem solving involving residents and businesses with any Township concerns. JOSEPH J. CORCORAN www.justvotejoe.org D.O.B.: 1963 EDUCATION: North Schuylkill High School; Penn State University; Lehigh University. OCCUPATION: Realtor. QUALIFICATIONS: Local Business Owner and concerned township resident. RESPONSE: The major issue we face is responsible financial management. Our Township needs to find the best ways to provide services to our residents in a cost-effective manner. My plan includes hiring a township manager to effectively manage the way operating expenses are used. We need someone with the experience and know-how to effectively administer our money, employees and resources. See more of my plan for UMT at www.justforjoe.org responsibility, sound ethics and community involvement in decisions that affect us all. Stress public safety and security, starting with a critical assessment of our roads and bridges. Improve communications between township administration and citizens. Control costs by improving efficiency, not raising taxes. Seek to preserve open space and historic sites, while advocating for youth activities.

ELECTION 2011
Republican/Democrat EDWARD D. HOZZA JR.

COMMISSIONER
Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat DENNIS HOWER D.O.B.: 1968 EDUCATION: Graduate Whitehall High School; Bachelors Degree, Human Resources Management, Muhlenberg College. OCCUPATION: Business Agent. QUALIFICATIONS: Board Member United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Board Member Big Brothers Big Sister of the Lehigh Valley. RESPONSE: I am an advocate for open and transparent government who will work for all residents of Whitehall Township. The biggest challenge facing Whitehall Township is economic redevelopment. I would work with our elected officials, business groups and our Industrial and Commercial Development Authority to create conditions that support the redevelopment of our vacant commercial properties. PHILIP GINDER D.O.B.: 1951 EDUCATION: One roomschool house to 4 year college. Bachelor of Science Degree. OCCUPATION: Self employed Mechanical Contractor for 35 years. QUALIFICATIONS: Currently serving 3rd term as Commissioner; 6 years on Planning Commission; 10 years traffic impact committee; currently Vice President, Board of Commissioners; Honorably discharged combat veteran; father, homeowner and taxpayer. RESPONSE: Keeping Whitehall a safe place to live and raise a family. Keep only necessary taxes by constant review of spending needs. Peace of mind for residents by prevention and prosecution of crime. Provide for recreational needs of all residents. Maintain streets and infrastructure. Set a good example No petty politics. I will put the residents needs first and preserve the standard of service our residents have come to expect. BRUCE BRINKER No response Republican

UPPER SAUCON SUPERVISOR


Term: 6 years

Vote not more than two


Republican/Democrat PATRICK M. LEONARD DENNIS BENNER

UPPER MILFORD SUPERVISOR


Term: 6 years

Vote for one


Republican CARL R. STEVENSON www.vote4carl.org D.O.B.: 1950 EDUCATION: Toronto HS, 1967; College of Steubenville, 1967-1969. OCCUPATION: Electronics Engineering Consultant/Farmer. QUALIFICATIONS: Senior Manager (Standards and Regulatory Affairs); Lucent Microelectronics/Agere Systems. Member, Board of Governors of the IEEE Standards Association 2005-2007; Founding Chair IEEE 802.18 and IEEE 802.22; Member IEEE 802 Executive Committee; Member, US Delegation to the World Radiocommunications Conference 2003; Named to the 2005 Scientific American 50 as a Policy Leader. RESPONSE: The sole legitimate purpose of government is to protect our rights. I am a big believer in freedom, individual rights, personal responsibility and accountability. Upper Milford Township needs to be returned to a leave the people alone in peace mentality. Its time to put property rights, freedom, common sense, and financial responsibility back into township government and SERVE the people rather than RULE them, and thats what I intend to do if elected. Democrat GEORGE DeVAULT D.O.B.: 1951 EDUCATION: R.B. Hayes High School, 1969. Ohio University, photojournalism. OCCUPATION: Farmer, writer, editor. QUALIFICATIONS: Editor, Rodale, 24 years; President-Executive Director Seed Savers Exchange, 2 years; Volunteer Firefighter, 29 years (two as Vera Cruz Fire Chief); Board Member, Lehigh County Farmland Preservation Board, 2 years; President, Emmaus Farmers Market, 2 years. RESPONSE: Restore open, responsive township government. Work with not against township residents, especially small business owners, by stressing positive dialogue, fiscal

WASHINGTON SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years

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Republican/Democrat ROY O. DENGLER

WEISENBERG SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years

THE MORNING CALL

UPPER MACUNGIE SUPERVISOR


Term: 6 years

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Republican LINDA GEHRINGER GORGAS Democrat No candidates

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Republican KATHY RADER D.O.B.: 1954 EDUCATION: Graduate of Parkland high School. OCCUPATION: Township Secretary/Supervisor. QUALIFICATIONS: Started with UMT as a staff secretary; then Zoning Officer; Asst. Dir. of Comm. Dev.; Member Legislative Committee, PA State Assn. of Township Supervisors; VP of the Lehigh County Assn. of Township Officials. RESPONSE: What matters most to me is the future economic welfare of the township. With revenues down, spending must be curbed and controlled. We cannot spend money we do not have or ask families who have had to tighten their belts to pay more in taxes. My goal is to strive for and maintain good government for the township. Democrat

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011

WHITEHALL BALLOT QUESTION


Whitehall Township Library Tax Referendum Do you favor funding the Whitehall Township Public Library by establishing an annual tax of .70 mills (70 cents per $1,000.00 of assessed real property value) on taxable real estate located within the Township of Whitehall?

Vote Yes or No

MAYOR
Term: 4 years

KENNETH S. SNYDER D.O.B.: not provided. EDUCATION: Nesquehoning High School. OCCUPATION: Property Management. QUALIFICATIONS: 20 years Township Planning Commission, 10 years, Chairman; 14 years Township Commissioner, 4 years, Chairman; 45 years Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, President, 9 years; Lifetime Achievement Award, PA Association Private School Administrators. RESPONSE: Dont raise taxes. I did not vote for a tax increase in 14 years. Keep expenses down.

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Democrat CLAIR D. HUNSBERGER D.O.B.: 1931 EDUCATION: Northampton School District; Community Service Courses, Penn State University. OCCUPATION: Retired. QUALIFICATIONS: Whitehall Township Commissioner, 16 years; Traffic Impact Advisory Committee, 10 years; Planning Commission, 10 years; Director, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, 10 years; President of the Whitehall Democratic Club, 20 years. RESPONSE: I have lived in Whitehall for 56 years with my late wife Louise and our children. As an active and lifetime member of many local organizations and recreational programs I am able to keep in touch with the needs of my community and neighbors. I was involved with the passing of the registering sex offender ordinance and now I am actively pursuing ordinances for abandoned vehicles and noise levels. Together we can keep Whitehall a great place to live.

Lehigh County
present); West Park Neighborhood Historic Designation committee (1 year); Awarded Community Spirit Award Recipient by The Morning Calls (1999); Allentowns Rental Inspection Initiative Committee, Member /// RESPONSE: Our School boards see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil approach to Allentowns correlated increases in poverty rates and school enrollments has resulted in its failure to advocate the districts interests at city planning/zoning meetings. New high density housing in high crime areas and rezoning of non residential properties to residential should be a major concern to the district. Higher enrollments necessitate tax increases. The board hasnt addressed this, I will. Republican MICHELLE JARROUJ WEAVER www.vote4michellejarroujweaver.com D.O.B.: 1981 EDUCATION: Northwestern Lehigh High School, 1999; LCCC Associates, 2004; Penn State Bachelors, 2006; Currently working toward Masters degree at The International Institute for Restorative Practices. OCCUPATION: Child/adolescent counselor and Intake Coordinator for a truancy aversion program. QUALIFICATIONS: Education, 10+ years working with children and adolescents. RESPONSE: The main issues are education, budget, safety and accountability. Law makers need to make sure our hard earned tax dollars are spent in a way that directly benefit our childrens education and ensures their safety. Our teachers, parents and children need to be held accountable for their role in education. I will help all of these parts to work together in unison to secure a bright future for the children of the city of Allentown. Democrat JULIE AMBROSE D.O.B.: 1967 EDUCATION: BA, Villanova University; MS, West Chester University. OCCUPATION: Educator: Muhlenberg College; Event Coordinator: Lehigh Valley Collegiate Career Expo. QUALIFICATIONS: School Director, 4 years; Board VP; Co-chair : Education, Policy and Athletic Committees; Parent leader in ASD Schools, 13 years; Experienced with state education reform through PAGE1 and Middle School Reform initiatives. RESPONSE: Last years budget cuts disproportionately impacted the ASD. I offer creative leadership and a positive, Can-Do attitude to support our students and staff. The primary focus is providing each student a high quality, career preparatory education in a safe environment; so more students graduate with the skills to achieve their concrete plans for the future. I am thoughtful and strong when faced with tough decisions like balancing tax payers needs with those of the ASD. JOANNE JACKSON D.O.B.: 1946 EDUCATION: Dieruff H.S., 1964; Bloomsburg University, 1969; Lehigh University, 1980; Moravian College, 1990; Attended Wilkes University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Gratz University. OCCUPATION: Special Education Teacher for 42 years. QUALIFICATIONS: Prior School Board Member 4 yr. term; Secretary Womens Democratic Club; Past Treasurer of Allentown City Democratic Committee; Committee Woman of 13-2; Member Whos Who in American Colleges and Universities. RESPONSE: I view the major issue in this campaign as critical since it affects the future of our city. The major issue is the districts budget crisis. How does one efficiently distribute funds that will still guarantee graduating workforce ready students future Allentonians. As a currently employed teacher, I feel that my expertise in the area of curriculum, budget, and teacher stamina allows me to prioritize effective spending and implementation of programs that will enhance students performance while recognizing the importance of our front line workers. CE-CE GERLACH Facebook: Ce-Ce Gerlach D.O.B.: 1986 EDUCATION: Cedar Crest College Elementary Education, 2008. OCCUPATION: Teacher Childrens Home of Easton. QUALIFICATIONS: Outreach Director-Allentown Boys and Girls Club; College Awareness Mentor at-risk middle school students living in public housing; Outreach Worker Caring Place Youth Development Center; Substitute Teacher Allentown School District. RESPONSE: The school board needs to be more community-friendly. School board directors must be accountable and willing to collaborate with teachers, parents, students and taxpayers. In this time of financial strain it is the job of the school board to make sure that we are spending our resources wisely. We must stop throwing around taxpayers money. Our district is top-heavy, with too much money going to the administration and not enough going into the classrooms. sources, a small tax increase if necessary, and vigilant attention to viable cost cutting measures, in order to preserve programs, including co-curriculars, that prepare students for higher education and careers. Republican RANDY TOMAN Bethlehem D.O.B.: 1940 EDUCATION: Graduated Allentown High School 1958; March 5th 2011 attended all day seminar School Board Candidates Workshop, hosted by the EPLC and the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA). OCCUPATION: Retired. QUALIFICATIONS: Self employed, Commercial Construction industry for 40 yrs.; President of Construction Specification Institute, Central Pa. (1985); President Allentown carpenters Union Local #368 (1969). RESPONSE: Overreaching tax and spend attitude; It is one thing to have out of control spending and another for the people elected to the school board to understand they have that attitude. It takes people of character, wisdom and convictions to do strategic planning to set policy with written goals and objectives as well as acting upon and evaluating results all the time. I would implement these strategies to address the issues. KENNETH BARRETO Bethlehem www.kennethbarreto.com D.O.B.: 1984 EDUCATION: A.A. Central Texas College, 2007; Colorado Technical University, 2011. OCCUPATION: Corrections Officer. QUALIFICATIONS: U.S. Veteran- Served my country for a total of 4 years, deployed two times in support of operation Iraqi freedom. I have the will and desire to do all I can for the students and the community. RESPONSE: Within the past six years the Bethlehem school board has raised school taxes 26.6%. This percentage is higher than the rate of inflation. In 2011 the current board has issued a 72 million dollar bond. This has increased the school districts debt to over 591 million dollars. I believe we need to eliminate the districts wasteful spending as we work to reduce the debt that it currently has. Democrat BASILIO BONILLA JR. Bethlehem www.bonilla4schoolboard.com/ D.O.B.: 1990 EDUCATION: Clearview Elementary School; Nitschmann Middle School; Liberty High School (Graduated 2008). OCCUPATION: Student at Moravian College (Pre-Law with a minor in political science). QUALIFICATIONS: Interned for U.S Senator Bob Casey Jr; Interned for Sen. Lisa Boscola; Volunteered over 2,000 Hours to the BASD; numerous academic, athletic, and community awards. RESPONSE: What our school district needs from its leaders is a fresh perspective. For too long raising taxes is to cover bad financial decisions has been the norm. We need leadership that will be accountable to you and your family. My decisions on the school board will focus on doing what is in the best interest of both our students and our taxpayers. That

SCHOOL DISTRICTS SCHOOL DIRECTORS


Candidates were asked: What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?

ALLENTOWN AREA
City of Allentown Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat ROBERT E. SMITH JR. D.O.B.: 1961 EDUCATION: NYU Political Science; Middlesex County College Liberal Arts. OCCUPATION: Mentor / Activity Coordinator. QUALIFICATIONS: Allentown School Board 7 years; LCTI JOC Board, member 7 years, co-chair finance, co-chair athletic committee, vice-chair of recreation committee, vice-chair of legislative rep. RESPONSE: We must improve the morale of our teachers and principals to give students the confidence and support to get off corrective action. I will continue to work toward goals that produce well rounded students that reach high achievement levels to graduate; instill appreciation for the arts, music and theatre. We must ALL do more with LESS resources, be partners in our future course of action, taxpayers, teachers, students. Working together will give UNITED POSITIVE RESULTS. SCOTT ARMSTRONG D.O.B.: 1957 EDUCATION: Graduate, Plum Borough High School, 1975; Graduate, Ivy School of Professional Art, 1977. OCCUPATION: Landscaper. QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteer for after school program for Raub Middle School students (6 years); Past president, current board member of West Park Civic Association (1994-

BETHLEHEM AREA AT-LARGE


City of Bethlehem; Bethlehem and Hanover Townships; Freemansburg and Fountain Hill Boroughs Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat MICHELE T. CANN Hanover Township D.O.B.: 1962 EDUCATION: B.S. in Finance, Villanova University, 1984; J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1987. OCCUPATION: Homemaker. QUALIFICATIONS: BASD School Board Director since July 2007; Licensed Pennsylvania Attorney; Practiced Commercial Finance Law for 8 years. RESPONSE: The major issue facing the school district is how to continue to provide an excellent, well-rounded education for all students on a realistic budget. Fiscal pressures will be an ongoing reality. I support district efforts to find alternative revenue

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Lehigh County
is why I am running for school boardNot to win votes, but rather to solve problems. SUDANTHA VIDANAGE Bethlehem D.O.B.: 1950 EDUCATION: Thurstan College, Sri Lanka HS 1968-70; Columbia U. NY, 1976, BS Metallurgy; Columbia U. NY, 1978, MS Metallurgy; Lehigh U. Bethlehem, PA 1988, MBA Finance; private high school, math & chemistry, 2006; High school certification, NJ, 2010. OCCUPATION: Adjunct Professor, Gwyneod Mercy College; financial consultant. QUALIFICATIONS: Member of the Bethlehem Democratic Party committee member ward 14-2. RESPONSE: The major issue is the reduction programs and teachers for 2011-12. I feel my background in education, finance, management and engineering will be an asset in helping the board of education navigate thru the difficult periods. Will play an active role in helping the school district in areas of operation. I will not RUBBER STAMP the decisions of the school district, will analyze and make my decisions. I will get the school board to address the discipline problems. /// balance. I have NOT voted for tax increases, tax incentives for billionaire developers, or excessive salary increases for teachers. To better prepare our students for their future endeavors, we need a curriculum that focuses on the educational basis of reading, writing and mathematics. none do. Its time for some new faces and fresh ideas. CHRISTINE E. NAEGEL Catasauqua Facebook: Berrigan Naegel and Reingruber D.O.B.: 1970 EDUCATION: Bristol Boro Jr/Sr High School, 1988; Bucks County Community College, 2 courses 1988. OCCUPATION: 1) Homemaker; 2) Missionary. QUALIFICATIONS: Have been a Catasauqua resident and taxpayer for 19 years; Have raised three children (two still of school age); Directed childrens choirs for approx. 10 years; Have volunteered at church/school with children for years. RESPONSE: I see more than one major issue here. First, I would like to address fiscal responsibility. Money should be spent wisely and we cannot spend more than we have. Second, decisions need to be made with common sense and with the welfare of the children in mind. Third, I feel there needs to be more accountability to the tax payers and available information for them prior to votes being placed. MARY ALICE HARTRANFT No response. Republican CHRISTINE REINGRUBER Catasauqua D.O.B.: 1971 EDUCATION: Graduate C.B. West High School, Doylestown PA 1990. OCCUPATION: Market Development Manager, Sara Lee Fresh Bakery. QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteer teacher aid 2 yrs; Home and School Association member, 2 yrs; Treasurer Home and School Association 2 yrs; Mother of 2 children, high honor roll students in the Catasauqua School District. RESPONSE: Fiscal Responsibility. I will push to limit spending to only essential areas. Dont spend what we dont have. I would like to see funds spent in areas where it will directly benefit the students and their education. I will push for honest open communication amongst the board members, administration, and with the community. Decisions will be made with integrity, not with ulterior motives. Democrat ROBERT LEVINE No response. Term: 2 years

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Republican/Democrat CHARLES H. BALLARD Upper Milford Twp. D.O.B.: 1946 EDUCATION: BS Nuclear Engineering-University of Michigan. MS Electrical Engineering & Computer Science-University of California, Berkeley. OCCUPATION: Retired Professional Engineer. QUALIFICATIONS: 16 years service on the East Penn School Board; Graduate, PPL Leadership Academy. RESPONSE: Economic conditions are straining all levels of government. Doing more with less and dealing with unfunded mandates from state and federal legislators are serious problems in this environment. The economic environment is also encouraging more attacks on public education, like voucher proposals, that have no educational value but high ideological appeal. My vision is that we need to maintain a high quality of public education, and be conscientious stewards of the public money being spent. KENNETH BACHER Lower Macungie Twp. www.ken4eastpenn.com D.O.B.: 1966 EDUCATION: M.S. and Ph.D., Electric Engineering, Stanford University, 1989 / 1995; B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Valedictorian, 1988. OCCUPATION: Engineering Manager, CyOptics, Breinigsville. QUALIFICATIONS: Father, Daughter in District; 13 years Management Experience; Future Leaders Program, Lucent/Agere; Supervisory and Financial Management Training, 1996-present; EPLC School Board Candidate Workshop. RESPONSE: In the current economic climate, our responsibility is to provide highquality schools without placing undo burden on taxpayers. All spending should be evaluated by how it furthers the districts mission to provide a well-rounded education, one that includes challenging academics, music, art, and athletics. Good schools are made possible by responsible fiscal policy and benefit the entire community through higher property values and the economic opportunity that stems from an educated workforce. SAMUEL RHODES Upper Milford Twp. D.O.B.: 1953 EDUCATION: Handley High School, 1971; Macalester College, 1976; Muhlenberg College, 2007; ESU 2008-2011. OCCUPATION: Social Studies Teacher, Orefield Middle School. QUALIFICATIONS: East Penn School Board, 5 years; LCTI Joint Operating Committee, 2 years; Lake-Lehman School Board, 4 years; Lake-Lehman Zoning Hearing Board 2 years; Youth, high school and college coach for 25 years. RESPONSE: Adequate funding is the issue. Less tax revenue, state cuts, and unfunded state mandates, endanger East Penn. Our teachers froze their wages. East Penns 2011 budget is less than last year. If the state diverts public funds to cyber schools, private schools, and underfunds public schools, teachers and programs will be cut next. The

REGION 3
Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat EUGENE C. McKEON

CATASAUQUA AREA
Catasauqua Borough and Hanover Township, Lehigh County; North Catasauqua Borough, Northampton County

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Republican/Democrat CAROL A. CUNNINGHAM Catasauqua D.O.B.: 1951 EDUCATION: Catasauqua High School Graduate, 1969; B. S. Kutztown University, 1973. OCCUPATION: Math Instructional Support Teacher Grades 3 6. QUALIFICATIONS: School Director 8 years; Public School Educator 28 years; Graduate of The Education Policy and Leadership Center; Currently enrolled in M.Ed with Principal Certification, Cabrini College Program. RESPONSE: School districts across Pennsylvania facing budgetary shortfalls due to Governor Corbetts cuts to public education. Because of my experience as a school director and an educator, I will able to make informed decisions regarding staffing and programming while keeping the best interests of students in mind. Additionally, these adjustments must be at a minimal cost to our taxpayers. DAWN M. BERRIGAN Catasauqua Facebook: Berrigan Naelle Reingruber D.O.B.: 1961 EDUCATION: 1979 Graduate of Pocono Mountain High School, 1983 Graduate of Teen Challenge Bible Institute, 3 year college for training to do drug and alcohol rehabilitation and counseling. OCCUPATION: mom / school bus driver. QUALIFICATIONS: Served 4 years on the CASD school board, 2003-2007, various school committees prior, (steering, middle school volunteer coordinator and revitalization committee). Thomas Paine Charter school board 2009-2010 Coached youth soccer, taught Sunday school and have chaired or been a part of several other committees in my community and county. RESPONSE: We live in tough economic times, its important for government entities to be sensitive to the people who pay the bills. Its my intent to watch the money, and do the best for our students. Some of our board members running for a third term have forgotten they represent the community. Instead they represent the school administration that doesnt deserve a rubber stamp,

REGION 2
Bethlehem Wards 11, 12, 13th Ward 2nd through 8th Districts Term: 4 years

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Republican BENJAMIN M. TENAGIA III Hanover Township D.O.B.: 1949 EDUCATION: BS Villanova University 1974, Gamma Phi Honor Society. OCCUPATION: Vice President & Portfolio Manager, PCB Trust & Investments. QUALIFICATIONS: Appointed School Director March 2008 December 2009 and August 2010 December 2011. RESPONSE: BASD must provide a quality education at a reasonable cost. I have been instrumental in emphasizing fiscal responsibility, reducing variable rate debt, eliminating swaps, and established a positive fund balance. I have NOT voted for tax increases, tax incentives for billionaire developers, or excessive salary increases for teachers. To better prepare our students for their future endeavors, we need a curriculum that focuses on the educational basis of reading, writing and mathematics. Democrat MICHELE T. CANN Hanover Township D.O.B.: 1949 EDUCATION: BS Villanova University 1974, Gamma Phi Honor Society. OCCUPATION: Vice President & Portfolio Manager, PCB Trust & Investments. QUALIFICATIONS: Appointed School Director March 2008 December 2009 and August 2010 December 2011. RESPONSE: BASD must provide a quality education at a reasonable cost. I have been instrumental in emphasizing fiscal responsibility, reducing variable rate debt, eliminating swaps, and established a positive fund

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Republican CAROL L. McCARTHY Democrat No candidates

EAST PENN
Alburtis, Emmaus and Macungie Boroughs; Lower Macungie and Upper Milford Townships Term: 4 years

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state deliberately avoids its Constitutional responsibility for a thorough and efficient system of public education. I will fight this trend. Republican JULIAN STOLZ Emmaus D.O.B.: 1987 EDUCATION: Graduated Emmaus High School, Class of 2006. Attended Lehigh Carbon Community College and DeSales University for Political Science. OCCUPATION: Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Right to Work. QUALIFICATIONS: Member of Lehigh County Republican Committee 2005-2007; Member of the East Penn School Board 20072011; Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Right to Work 2010-Present. RESPONSE: The major issues in this campaign are rising taxes, rising class sizes, and rising district debt. Taxes and debt are going up, ostensibly for the children. Unfortunately, parents are not seeing a return on their tax investment in the form of lower class sizes. The district needs to be more conservative with spending in order to give parents and taxpayers more bang for their buck and stop the trend of rising debt, taxes, and class sizes. LYNN DONCHES Emmaus http://eprc.wordpress.com/ D.O.B.: 1954 EDUCATION: Graduate Ligonier High School, 1972; A.A. Library Science Pennsylvania College of Technology, 1974, Certificate in Competitive Intelligence, SLA 2007. OCCUPATION: Chief Librarian, Rodale Inc. QUALIFICATIONS: 20 years corporate management experience, including strategic planning and budgeting; Education Policy & Leadership Center School Board Candidate Workshop. RESPONSE: I believe the major issue is how to provide a first-rate education while reining in spending, reining in taxes and reining in borrowing. I will work to direct resources specifically toward enhancing quality education and away from overhead spending and administration costs. I will support transparency webcasting of meetings and open dialog during meetings - so that parents, students and taxpayers are aware of how the balance between budget and education will be accomplished. Democrat BRIAN HIGGINS Lower Macungie Twp. D.O.B.: 1972 EDUCATION: Graduate - Monmouth College, BA, 1994. OCCUPATION: Specialty Oncology Consultant ProStrakan, Inc. QUALIFICATIONS: President, LMYA, 2 years. Member LMT 20/20 Vision Committee, Alternate Member LMT Zoning Hearing Board. RESPONSE: Taxes are the issue. They always seem to be the issue. No one wants higher taxes. Some candidates will promise to not raise taxes, no matter what has to be cut from the District Budget. I am not saying, I want higher taxes, however, if lower taxes

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means compromising the education offered to the students of the East Penn School District, then I would come down on the side of better education. I believe in Quality Education with Fiscal Responsibility. WALDEMAR VINOVSKIS Macungie www.facebook.com/pages/Waldemar-Vinovskis/155547604507104 D.O.B.: 1963 EDUCATION: Benson High School, Omaha, NE 1982; B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1987; M.Div. Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, 1992. OCCUPATION: Pastor. QUALIFICATIONS: Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association; The Lutheran Haven, Oviedo, FL; EPSD: Act 1 Tax Study Commission, Steering Committee 2008-2014 Strategic Plan, EHS; Middle-States Accreditation Steering Committee, Take Back Our Children Task Force, Superintendents Parents Advisory Committee, Coordinated School Health Committee. RESPONSE: The major issue facing school boards today is the economy. Schools are being challenged to focus on student achievement and improve test scores with far fewer resources. The School District needs to seriously evaluate what serves the core educational mission of our schools and look for reductions and efficiencies wherever possible. We simply cannot continue to raise local taxes. We need to run a tight ship while maintaining our legacy of high achievement in education. OCCUPATION: Retired engineer, manager; Air Products, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute; Retired Colonel, PA Air National Guard and US Navy pilot. QUALIFICATIONS: Planned and managed public and private sector budgets and operations. Lynn Township Planning Commission. Proven leader in business, military and public school environments. RESPONSE: A major issue is the loss of local control through unfunded mandates that undermine the successful management of financial resources needed to deliver curriculum that meets the needs of our students. In attempting to fix failing schools, legislators on the state and federal level continue to mandate broad brush programs requiring successful school boards to cut valuable programs to fund meaningless mandates. I will continue to address this with legislators while managing district finances effectively. Republican LEROY SORENSEN www.nwlvote.com Weisenberg Twp. D.O.B.: 1958 EDUCATION: Graduate Southern Lehigh, LCTI Carpentry. OCCUPATION: Residential contractor New homes, additions, renovations, designs. QUALIFICATIONS: Attends School Board meetings regularly and is aware of current issues, active community member, business owner, employer, parent, optimist and believes in Christian values. Developed a good work ethic while working on a farm during Junior High and Senior High. I live within my means; I believe government should, too. RESPONSE: New ideas, new attitudes, and new enthusiasm require new blood. I am looking forward to working with all of the stakeholders in this great community students, residences, business leaders, religious leaders, teachers and administration. I want to work with and represent everyone in a responsible and sustainable way. Elect Morrison, Reiter, Sanders, Sorensen! RONALD L. MORRISON Weisenberg Twp. www.nwlvote.com D.O.B.: 1948 EDUCATION: Sheffield HS 1966; INSCO School of Systems Programming Certificate 1975; INSCO School of Systems Analysis Certificate 1978; Associate Degree in Information Technology LCCC 1994; Dale Carnegie Class Graduate 2004. OCCUPATION: Lead Analyst/Programmer on Oracle Financial Applications at UGI Utilities, Inc. QUALIFICATIONS: Assistant Vice President/ Project Manager Meridian Bancorp, Inc. - 2 years; Dale Carnegie Team Recognition Award; President and Vice President LCCC Alumni Association 5 years. RESPONSE: Fiscal responsibility, accountability, transparency and PSSA math test scores. These are key issues that I have observed over the last year from attending school board meetings. I intend to work with other board members to bring about policy changes that will make information available to the community so they can see what their tax dollars are being spent on. I want to get to the root cause of the consistently poor math PSSA test scores./// GREG SANDERS Weisenberg Twp. www.nwlvote.com D.O.B.: 1966 EDUCATION: Allen High School, 1984; B.S. Marketing, Bloomsburg University, 1988. OCCUPATION: Owner of Aqua-Duck Water Transport. QUALIFICATIONS: Parent, taxpayer and business owner. I have been attending school board meetings for the last 14 months to learn more and understand the important issues facing our district. RESPONSE: Our schools will be facing many new challenges as the business model of education continues to change. We need to strengthen and enhance our academic programs to ensure our students will be able to thrive in their chosen career paths and compete in a global marketplace. I will seek ideas and input from stakeholders and will advocate to provide timely information and proactive communications. Collective support and understanding are important aspects to help students succeed. JOSEPH J. REITER Weisenberg Twp. www.nwlvote.com D.O.B.: 1948 EDUCATION: Grad. Parkland Highschool 1966; Electronics Training Center (Lincoln Tech) 1968 Assoc. Degree. OCCUPATION: Consultant, Ransome CAT. QUALIFICATIONS: Weisenberg Zoning Hearing Board, chairman over 10 years; Serve on O.A.Cs at L.C.T.I. Diesel and Heavy Equipt; Awarded National Technical Honor Society at LCTI Berk Career O.A.C.; C.A.T. advisory committe Penn College (Williamsport). RESPONSE: Quality Education at an affordable price. Stop wasteful spending more public input, transparency, reward good teachers. Democrat SALLY L. SCHOFFSTALL Lowhill Twp. D.O.B.: 1956 EDUCATION: Oberlin College, BA with honors in Economics; double major in English; Phi Beta Kappa The Cornell Law School. OCCUPATION: Attorney. QUALIFICATIONS: Current school board member, 20 years; Practicing attorney, 29 years; Business owner in District, 15 years; Parent of 2 District graduates (Duke/UTAustin PhD candidate; U of Delaware, Soph.); Wife of Lutheran minister, 25 years. RESPONSE: Keep Districts positive focus on our mission to educate public school children in face of very challenging economic times and governor who chooses to withhold financial support from public school system. As a Board member, I serve as an educational leader in our Northwestern community. I listen respectfully to all input from stakeholders (students, parents, taxpayers, teachers) then make decisions based on my experience. I do not micro-manage our District; rather, I establish sound, consistent policy. DAWN ANDERSON Weisenberg Twp. D.O.B.: 1960 EDUCATION: AFCENT International H.S., the Netherlands, 1978; B.A. Coppin State College, 1983; M.B.A. Marketing, City University, 2000.

NORTHERN LEHIGH
Slatington Borough and Washington Township, Lehigh County; Walnutport Borough, Northampton County Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat EDWARD E. HARTMAN RAYMOND J. FOLLWEILER JR. DONNA M. KULP MATHIAS MATT GREEN ROBIN T. DISTLER Term: 2 years

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Republican/Democrat NATALIE J. GREEN

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NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH
Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lynn and Weisenberg Townships Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat WILLARD DELLICKER Lynn Twp. D.O.B.: 1945 EDUCATION: BS Mechanical Engineering, Penn State 1973.

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OCCUPATION: Homemaker. QUALIFICATIONS: Allentown Christian School Board, (2003-2004); Northwestern Lehigh Middle School PTO Secretary (20102011); Poll worker, 2004-2008; Inspector of Elections, 2008present; Womens Ministry Leader 5 yrs+; Girl Scout Volunteer 7 yrs+. RESPONSE: Public education is funded by taxpayers and with funds being decreased by the state, the major issue becomes, how do we provide a quality education program on limited resources? I will address this issue by diligently reviewing all available information, budgets, proposals and laws to establish a plan and budget that will focus on quality education, district goals and limit tax increases. I will also encourage community input, fundraising and utilize volunteers to minimize expenses. DONALD LINK Lowhill Twp. D.O.B.: 1961 EDUCATION: High School: Bishop Carroll High School Ebensburg, PA Graduated 1979; BA Degree: Penn State University State College, PA Graduated 1983. OCCUPATION: V.P. Residential Division of Alan Kunsman Roofing & Siding Inc. QUALIFICATIONS: Northwestern Lehigh School Board Member 8.5 years; Current Secretary of Northwestern Lehigh School Board; President Northwestern Recreation Commission. RESPONSE: The largest issue facing our School district will be how we fund education today and in the future. School Districts, like any business, have been forced to look for solutions to maintain quality services with less revenue. State and Federal unfunded or underfunded mandates place a financial burden on our schools. Moving forward successfully will take the combined efforts of all stakeholders including students, taxpayers, teachers, administrators and School Boards as well as our Legislators. STEVEN G. HADDAD Weisenberg Twp. D.O.B.: 1965 EDUCATION: Graduate of Salisbury High School; Attended Penn State University. OCCUPATION: President, CEO Bieber Transportation Group. QUALIFICATIONS: Own and manage a large company, over 250 employees which has both union and non-union employees. President of Board of The Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley. Serve as a Board of Director on the American Bus Association since 2007. Parent of 2 children attending NWLSD. RESPONSE: My goal as a school board member will be to bring our community together as one. Working together and listening to all points of view are the only ways in which we can solve any of the issues we are facing today. Currently, we are experiencing poor economical times. All sides need to give a little in order to find a solution for the future. Term: 2 years Democrat MICHAEL S. MARICH Lynn Twp. D.O.B.: 1960 EDUCATION: Liberty HS, LCCC, Villanova Master Certificate Project Management. OCCUPATION: Sr Project Manager. QUALIFICATIONS: School Board 6 months; Parent of 3 NW K-12 students; Community Service 20 years; Coaching Baseball/Soccer NYAA; Assistant Coach/TreasurerYouth Wrestling; Score Keeper/Statistician - HS Wrestling Team; Treasurer - HS Wrestling/Soccer Boosters. RESPONSE: 2011/2012 Budget. Closing a $2M budget deficit while maintaining programs will take creative planning our children deserve it. Doing this while minimizing/not increasing taxes will be a tough challenge but one that we must strive for our community needs it. Doable absolutely but it will take support/help from every community member. Our School District has seen many successes over the years and as a School Board Director I need to ensure that these successes continue. funding and out of control teacher contracts. How can educated people (teachers) not realize what is going on in this country! Major areas of all contracts need to be addressed and out of control spending must be stopped. ROBERTA MARCUS South Whitehall Twp. D.O.B.: 1953 EDUCATION: B.A. Queens College, 1974. OCCUPATION: Retired. QUALIFICATIONS: 4th term Parkland School District Board Member, served as President, Vice President; Pennsylvania School Boards Association President 2010; Pennsylvania School Boards Association Master School Board Member Accreditation; National School Boards Association Congressional Representative; Invited speaker Moravian College, Lehigh University, Penn State University. RESPONSE: School board directors face the issue of funding in every decision. We must be innovative and creative in utilizing available funds while maintaining a comprehensive curriculum that meets the needs of our diverse student population. We look for alternative revenue resources to ease the burden on our local taxpayers and fulfill our obligation to provide a high-quality education system for all children. As community leaders our decisions have a direct impact on student achievement. ROBERT BOLD No response Republican JEF REYBURN No response Democrat DEBRA Y. EVANS No response

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QUALIFICATIONS: Electrical engineer, 10 years; Engineering manager, 8 years; School Director, 3.5 years; Board President, Vicepresident, Treasurer, 1 year; Member of budget/finance, policy, facilities, education committees; Member of strategic plan, high school task forces. RESPONSE: Addressing the economic challenges facing our school district is the major issue of this campaign. The strength of our district lies in the strong support of our community, the dedicated work of our administrative and teaching staff, and the commitment of our students and parents. In addressing the economic challenges, we need to bring all parties to the table and all will need to contribute to its resolution. Together we can solve this challenge. WILLIAM LYCETT Upper Saucon Twp. D.O.B.: 1966 EDUCATION: Peters Township High School 1984, McMurray, PA; B.S. Management, Pennsylvania State University 1988. OCCUPATION: Owner, WRL Training & Consulting. QUALIFICATIONS: 23 years of experience in the business supporting adult learners in the field of sales. I have served on a local township committee and church board in addition to being involved in the community coaching athletics. My wife and I have four children in the Southern Lehigh school district and have a vested interested in the education and outcomes being produced. RESPONSE: Providing for the education needs of our children with limited funds is the challenge faced by many school districts. I plan to listen to the community and review alternatives that provide a quality education with available resources that prepares our children for life after graduation. The pension issue should be addressed in responsible way with limited impact of the vision of the school district. Listening to the parents is my key to success! JAMES C. LINDSAY No response Republican JEFFREY DIMMIG Upper Saucon Twp. D.O.B.: 1973 EDUCATION: Quakertown High School 1991; B.S. Economics - U.S. Naval Academy 1996, J.D. Temple Law School 2003. OCCUPATION: Deputy District Attorney Lehigh County. QUALIFICATIONS: SLSD School Director 4 years (never voted for a tax increase); U.S. Marine Corps Officer (Major) 1996-2006; Supervisor of Juvenile Division - Lehigh County District Attorneys Office. RESPONSE: We must reverse the exploding growth of the budget. We can achieve this by (1) limiting annual salary increases and requiring a greater sharing of health costs; (2) freezing administrators salaries and consolidating positions; (3) empowering teachers to focus on students not test scores; and (4) reducing wasteful spending like $60,000.00 laser engravers for fourth-graders. I fought for each of these goals in my first term while voting against every tax increase.

PARKLAND
North Whitehall, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie Townships, and part of Allentown 17th Ward, 4th District and 18th Ward, 2nd District Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat LISA ADAMS Upper Macungie Twp. D.O.B.: 1963 EDUCATION: Graduated Allentown Central Catholic HS 1981; some Business Admin courses at DeSales University. OCCUPATION: Customer Service Specialist for Air Products & Chemicals. QUALIFICATIONS: Have been on the Parkland School Board past 2 years. Member of Parkland Community Advisory Council for 8 years, current LCTI board member, various PTO officer positions at elementary school, committee chair at middle school, Parent Forum coordinator at high school. Parklands Strategic Planning Committee in 2008. RESPONSE: The budget issues we are facing in Parkland since the state funding was reduced, and considering federal mandates. We need to work even closer on the Board and with the Parkland Administration to identify areas we can cut spending without reducing the quality of education in Parkland. Voucher and charter school issues are also on the front burner this fall. DAVID M. KENNEDY South Whitehall Twp. D.O.B.: 1951 EDUCATION: Easton High School,1969; Villanova Unviversity, B.S. 1973. OCCUPATION: Chairman: The Platinum Group. QUALIFICATIONS: 14 yrs. School Board Director; 6 yrs. Chairman, LCTI Joint Operating Committee; 16 yrs. South Whitehall Public Safety Committee; 35 yrs. LCTI Occupation Advisory Committee. RESPONSE: Again the major issue is school

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SALISBURY
Salisbury Township Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat RUSSELL GIORDANO THOMAS F. MANTZ SAMUEL DeFRANK GEORGE GATANIS

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SOUTHERN LEHIGH
Coopersburg Borough; Lower Milford and Upper Saucon Townships Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat CORINNE A. GUNKLE Upper Saucon Twp. D.O.B.: 1967 EDUCATION: B.S. Electrical Engineering Cornell University, 1988; M.S. Electrical Engineering Carnegie Mellon University, 1990. OCCUPATION: Homemaker.

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JOHN QUIGLEY No response Democrat WILLIAM MIRACLE Coopersburg D.O.B.: 1946 EDUCATION: BA, Temple University, 1972. OCCUPATION: Drywall Contractor. QUALIFICATIONS: This is my 16th year as a School Director at Southern Lehigh. My three grown daughters and my granddaughter went to Southern Lehigh. RESPONSE: We have a very fine school system. We also are living in a very difficult financial climate. The task for Board members, everywhere, is to maintain their successful educational program with little or no additional funding.

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economize without diminishing the excellent education we provide our students. We have taken our budget on a Road Show to inform residents of our financial situation and ask them to voice their support for public education. OWEN W. EBERHART JR. Whitehall Twp. D.O.B.: 1940 EDUCATION: Graduate, Whitehall High School, 1959. OCCUPATION: Retired. Part-time school bus driver. QUALIFICATIONS: 18 years on WhitehallCoplay School Board. RESPONSE: In Harrisburg. It is going to be tough the next several years. Forcing the school districts to bear the cost of covering the money the State has covered before. If the School District has to freeze the salaries of teachers, all salaries have to be frozen. I do not favor freezing any salaries or raising the taxes or cutting personal. PATTY GAUGLER Whitehall Twp. D.O.B.: 1968 EDUCATION: Northampton High School 1986; Kutztown University-1990-BS Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. OCCUPATION: Owner of Childhood Dreams Daycare Northampton, PA. QUALIFICATIONS: BS degree in teaching; business owner; president of Whitehall Coplay PTO 4 years; active in community volunteering. RESPONSE: The major issue facing our district is the financial challenge of being able to continue giving our students the best education. In order to provide this education, all parties (administrators, teachers, parents and community members) must contribute their support in finding the best solution. ARTHUR F. TASCHLER JR. Whitehall Twp. D.O.B.: 1960 EDUCATION: Graduate: Central Catholic HS 1978, LCCC - 82 / AAS in Accounting; Moravian College 84 / BA in Accounting; Central Atlantic Advanced School of Banking & Finance @ Bucknell University 88. OCCUPATION: COO & Treasurer of TuWay Communications. QUALIFICATIONS: Nominated to Board in 2003; Re-elected to Board in 2007; Elected by Board to serve as Treasurer 3x since 2008; Chairman of the Board Finance & Personnel Committee since 2008; Board Executive Committee Member since 2008; Extensive experience as a finance & personnel professional. RESPONSE: Due to unprecedented financial issues for us all, continuing to provide best in class education to our students will be a challenge far beyond what we have ever faced. I plan to continue to work with my community and legislators using my professional talent, education and experience to help guide our district though this difficult time to give the children of our community the best we can so they are prepared for their future lives. Republican RONALD A. HELMAN Coplay D.O.B.: 1963 EDUCATION: Whitehall High School, 1981. OCCUPATION: Carpenters Local 600, Bethlehem, PA. Zoning Officer and Building Code Official. QUALIFICATIONS: Married 18 yrs, with three sons. A resident of Coplay for 17 years. Appointed Coplay Zoning Officer and Building Code Official for 12 years. RESPONSE: The Community work I perform exposes me to a variety of situations. I have learned to listen and address problems with a common sense approach. Taxes rise each year; more unfunded mandates are added, leaving a financial burden on all especially the elderly. We need to do the best we can do for the majority. The resources we have, we need to realize at all levels, that the well of tax money does run dry. Democrat TINA JO KOREN Whitehall Twp. D.O.B.: 1961 EDUCATION: Graduate Whitehall High School; Graduate Lehigh Carbon Community College, Business Management Degree. OCCUPATION: Pennsylvania State Police Troop N Hazleton Troop Administrative Manager. QUALIFICATIONS: Whitehall- School Board Director last eight years. In my employment, I manage all human resource functions including the Troop budget, health benefits, employment and retirement processing, payroll, etc. RESPONSE: The Budget crisis: how we can continue to improve the quality of education with less money. Safer Schools continue to ensure students in the district are taught in a safe learning environment even though state does not provide any assistance to help defray the cost. Cyber and Charter Schools they must be financially independent. These schools should not receive public school money to operate. Continue to ensure only students living in Whitehall are Whitehall students.

WHITEHALL/COPLAY
Coplay Borough and Whitehall Township Term: 4 years

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Republican/Democrat JOYCE WHEELER Whitehall Twp. D.O.B.: not provided. EDUCATION: Upper Perkiomen High School; Temple University School of Nursing, R.N. OCCUPATION: Homemaker. QUALIFICATIONS: School Director, 15 yrs.; Township Commissioner, 4 yrs. RESPONSE: The major issue in this campaign is the underfunding of school districts by the state. To address this years financial shortfall, our district will need to make difficult decisions. We will look at all areas to

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