Two candidates are seeking to be elected to a four-year term as Lehigh County executive in the Nov. 7 Municipal Election.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: What would be your first priority if elected Lehigh County executive?
Their responses follow.
PHILLIPS ARMSTRONG (D)
As Lehigh County executive, I will first develop open communications with the board and all departments. I will work hard on building a strong regional economy that attracts first-rate employers to our region.
We asked the candidates the following question - What do you hope to accomplish as mayor of Alburtis in the next four years?
Democrat Kathleen Palmer
An Upper Milford Township man, who was arrested in 2016 at the Holland Tunnel after law enforcement officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey found weapons and other gear during a traffic stop of his vehicle, will serve time.
John F. Cramsey was sentenced Oct. 27 to five years in prison with a minimum of one year behind bars before being eligible for parole, according to a spokesman in the office of the Hudson County Office of the Prosecutor in New Jersey.
Hundreds of calls every day are made to 911 call centers in the Lehigh Valley from people needing help from police, fire or EMS agencies.
Sometimes animals, too, need help from a first responder. That’s when authorities ask the 911 center to dispatch first responders from CART – the County Animal Response Team which has special equipment and training to assist animals in emergencies.
Two candidates are seeking one spot as a Lehigh County commissioner in District 2, which includes the townships of South Whitehall and Upper and Lower Macungie and the Borough of Alburtis.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: As a Lehigh County Commissioner, how could you help the senior citizens of the Lehigh Valley?
Their responses follow.
SHOAIB CHAUDHARY (D)
Candidates Alisa Bowman, Ellen Zimmer Lewis, Z.W.Munson, Adam Smith and Alan Earnshaw are running for four seats on the board - four year term.
We asked the candidates the following question - How should public education be funded?
Democrat/Republican Alisa Bowman
Lower Macungie Library will host Ingrid Bohn and Robin Reichert from the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild in a program of scary stories 6 p.m. This family-friendly event is open to all ages. Advance registration is required and participants are asked to bring a canned food item for the Second Harvest Food Bank. For additional information, contact Lower Macungie Library at 610-966-6864 or visit the library website at www.lowermaclib.org.
Candidates Joyce K. Moore and Joseph Flok are running for one seat - six year term.
We asked the candidates the following question - What is the most important issue facing the Upper Milford?
Democrat Joyce K. Moore
William Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, revenge and murder comes to Emmaus High School when students present “Hamlet” Nov. 2. 3 and 4 in the high school auditorium.
All performances are 7 p.m.
The story is a familiar one for those who completed required reading lists for high school English classes. Prince Hamlet returns to Denmark for his father’s funeral to find his uncle Claudius on his father’s throne and his mother remarried to none other than his uncle. Hamlet’s father, now a ghost, urges his son to avenge his murder by killing Claudius.
We asked the candidates the following question - Why should voters choose you as the Macungie tax collector?
Democrat Cynthia Hartzell
The tax collector work is all done on the computer. I have a good understanding of the computer program and other aspects of the position that must be done since assisting the current tax collector at times. I am a long time resident of the Borough and will be able to put all my attention to the tax collector position since I will be retiring from Borough employment at the end of 2017 if appointed.
Republican Harry Buchin