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JUDGE OF THE COURTSOF COMMON PLEAS
RETENTION ELECTION
The following are judges of the Court of Common Pleas in Lehigh County. A majority “YES” vote will retain them in this position for 10 years.
1. Shall William E. Ford be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Courts of Common Pleas, 31st District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? YES or NO
2. Shall James Knoll Gardner be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Courts of Common Pleas, 31st District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? YES or NO
3. Shall Edward D. Reibman be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Courts of Common Pleas, 31st District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? YES or NO
4. Shall Thomas A. Wallitsch be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Courts of Common Pleas, 31st District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? YES or NO
Candidates were asked: “What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?”
EXECUTIVE
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
JANE R. ERVIN
D.O.B.: 10/21/1947
Education: B.S. degree from Grove City College – 1969, Biology major
Occupation: County Executive
Qualifications: Lehigh County Executive January 2001 to present; Lehigh County Commissioner 1996-2000 (5 yrs); Chair of Commissioners 1998 & 1999; Chair of Cedarbrook Committee – 1996; Chair of Judiciary & Corrections Committee – 2000
Issues statement: 1. Economic development and smart managed growth. a) Attract and retain high quality businesses to the Lehigh Valley. b) Focus on road construction and improvements. c) Helped to preserve over 10,000 acres of farmland and open spaces. 2. Opportunities for children. a) Established Success Team to enhance services provided by Department of Children and Youth. b) Helped to establish Child Advocacy Center for abused children. 3. Improved quality of life for senior citizens. a) Made major improvements to Cedarbrook nursing home, which was, named best in state in 2000. b) Enhanced in-home services provided to seniors so they can remain independent. c) No tax increase for past 10 years.
DEMOCRAT
MATTHEW T. CROSLIS
D.O.B.: 5/27/1973
Education: B.S. magna cum laude East Stroudsburg University – 1995; J.D. Temple University School of Law – 1999 Occupation: Attorney
Qualifications: Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable William E. Ford; Deputy Solicitor for Lehigh County. Bar Admissions: Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court E. D. of Pennsylvania; U.S. Third Circuit, Court of Appeals. Community involvement: Easter Seals, Cedar Crest College, youth group leader.Issues statement: Economic development and open space preservation. 1.) Focus on retaining existing businesses. 2.) Attract businesses that provide exciting sustainable job opportunities to retain our college graduates. 3.) Mixed-use zoning should be encouraged, and re-use of areas with existing infrastructure should be incentivized, while developing greenfields should be discouraged. The County also needs to ensure that children and seniors are receiving all the benefits they are entitled to under existing state and federal programs.
COMMISSIONER AT LARGE
Term: 2 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
ROGER C. REIS
D.O.B. 3/8/1943
Education: Master's in Public Administration from Kutztown University; Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Pennsylvania State University.
Occupation: Lehigh County Commissioner At Large
Qualifications: Twenty four years with the Pennsylvania State Police; Thirteen years as a Supervisor; Retired as Captain; Management course at FBI Academy, Quantico, VA.
Response: I believe the major issue is avoiding a county tax increase. I will work to keep taxes low by careful review of proposed legislation and prudent spending. We must sustain (or raise) the current level of services without a tax increase. Public safety is another important issue. As Chairman of Judiciary and Corrections Committee, my education and experience can be beneficial to the County. Retirement allows me to devote numerous hours to this position.
DEMOCRAT
DANIEL McNEILL
D.O.B.: 7/19/1947
Education: Graduate Louis E. Dieruff H.S.
Occupation: Ironworker 37 yrs.
Qualifications: Elected Whitehall Township
Commissioner 1996-1999; Elder – First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua; Honorable Discharge, National Guard, 1972; Elected Ironworkers Business Agent from 1993-1999
Issues statement: Economic Development. To make prudent financial decisions without waste or haste to keep our County free of tax increases. To better communicate with our business leaders to create an excellent working environment and keep good paying jobs, so our families could stay living in the County. To utilize our brown field properties for development and save our open space land. To tackle issues one at a time and keep a positive attitude to create positive results.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER

DISTRICT 1
Catasauqua, Coplay, Slatington boroughs; Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lynn, North Whitehall Washington and Weisenberg townships, and the 5th through 11th districts of Whitehall Township
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
STERLING H. RABER
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE

DISTRICT 2
Alburtis, Emmaus, Macungie boroughs; Lower Macungie, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
PERCY H. DOUGHERTY
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE

DISTRICT 3City of Allentown wards 1, 3, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 19; Salisbury Township wards 4 and 5
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
JOSEPH P. MAHER
D.O.B.: 3/18/1951
Education: B.A. University of Pennsylvania (1973), The Dickinson
Occupation: Attorney
Qualifications: My background as an attorney practicing for nearly 25 years and as a legislative liaison with various organizations including the Bar Association of Lehigh County and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Additionally, I have regularly attended meetings of the Child & Youth Advisory Committee, the Midway Manor Community Association
Issues statement: The major issue in the next 4 years is controlling the County’s budget. Since taking office, I have seen as my major role the monitoring of the County’s ebb and flow of personnel, services and revenue. I have accomplished this goal by not only attending major budgetary sessions, but also communicating directly with the leaders of the organizations that are the beneficiaries of the County’s funding. I have increased those efforts in 2001 using my experience
DEMOCRAT
KURT J. DERR
D.O.B.: 5/18/1968
Education: Master’s in Public Administration, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in Economics, Penn State University; Easton High School
Occupation: Development Director, Boys & Girls Club of Easton
Qualifications: As a Development Director, I successfully increased funding for youth programs. As a State Senator’s Legislative Analyst, I worked on governmental budgets, economic development, and education.
Issues statement: We must have a government that is positioned to move Lehigh County forward. There are many components to accomplish this goal. First, we must make sure that we promote sound economic development. Unlike my opponent, who proposed and voted to cut the economic development budget line item from $100,000 to $1, we must work with economic development officials to promote economic growth. Second, we must hold the line on taxes.

DISTRICT 4
City of Allentown wards 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18; Whitehall Township districts 1, 2 and 3.
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
NO CANDIDATE
DEMOCRAT
DANIEL K. McCARTHY

DISTRICT 5
Fountain Hill and Coopersburg boroughs; Hanover, Lower Milford, Upper Milford and Upper Saucon townships; the entire area of the City of Bethlehem in the County of Lehigh; Salisbury Township wards 1, 2 and 3; Whitehall Township District 4

Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
KEVIN P. RYAN
D.O.B.: 6/30/1958
Education: B.S. Structural Engineering Technology, Pennsylvania State University
Occupation: Owner/Engineer of Ryan Design Group, Ltd.; Structural Engineering Consultant
Qualifications: As a self employeed businessman I understand the need to budget and prioritize. I have been actively involved in county politics since 1997 and my efforts helped bring the game preserve expansion before the public light. See more at my website www.kevin-ryan.com
Issues statement: I feel the county executive has too much power. I would like to form a government study commission to investigate shifting more power to the commissioners or returning to the three commissioner form of government. County Expenditures have been rising at an average increase of over 7% a year This rate increase will cause a need for property tax increases. No new programs should be enacted unless old programs are eliminated in its place.
DEMOCRAT
NICHOLAS E. ENGLESSON
D.O.B.: 8/27/1954
Education: Liberty High School – 1972; Franklin & Marshall College – B.A. in Government; University of Pittsburgh School of Law – Juris Doctor
Occupation: Attorney
Qualifications: 17 years in public service, as judicial law clerk, prosecutor and solicitor. Well-acquainted with the courts and prison systems, where 47% of County real estate tax dollars are spent.
Issues statement: The major issue in this campaign is whether Lehigh County will enter a new era of the politics of destruction, rudeness, personal attacks, and progress-stifling lawsuits seen in other counties, or continue with its tradition of bipartisan cooperation which has increased services and investment in business and jobs without increasing the tax rates for eleven years in a row. I am supported by business and labor and will work with any administration, Democrat or Republican.
DISTRICT JUSTICES
MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT 31-1-07
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
(cross-filed)
JOAN SNYDER
MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT 31-2-01
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
NO CANDIDATE
DEMOCRAT
DIANE JEPSEN
MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT 31-2-02
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
(cross-filed)
PAT YOUKONIS
MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT 31-3-03
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
(cross-filed)
DAVID B. HARDING

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