Lehigh County Township Races

Candidates were asked: “What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?”
HANOVER
TOWNSHIP
COUNCIL
Term: 4 years
(Vote for three)
REPUBLICAN
RANDALL C. ATKINSON
No response
WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS
D.O.B.: 3/5/1938
Education: West Chester University of PA – Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management.Occupation: Retired – Pennsylvania State Police Trooper (Corporal) Retired – Deputy Sheriff Lehigh County PA
Qualifications: Past experience, and education in government and management.
Issues statement: Fiscal Responsibility.
ROBERT G. GIFFORD, JR.
No Response
DEMOCRAT
BRUCE E. PAULUS
D.O.B.: 9/27/1947
Education: H.S. Penn State Extension – various government and leadership courses.
Occupation: Retired autoworker, Mack Truck Inc.Qualifications: Incumbent chairman. Served on board 11 years.
Issues statement: It is important to keep Hanover Township attractive to business and industry, with it’s easy access location, and low tax base. I will strive to maintain the free services to it’s populace, and keep the community a safe and pleasant place to live.
WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS
SHARON L. YODER
D.O.B.: 10/1/1954
Education: Graduated Shamokin High School
Occupation: Asst. Mgr./Cashier at Brewers Outlet
Qualifications: Incumbent of 22 years, served as a liaison member to LVIA Airport. Coordinated Crime Watches in the township and serves as coordinator for Chestnut Grove Crime Watch. Board Member for Chestnut Grove Homeowners Ass. and Treasurer for 5 yrs. Member of HAN-LE-CO Volunteer Fire Co. for 23 yrs. and as Treasurer for last 12 yrs. Serves on Northampton Regional Ambulance as a liaison member for the Community.
Issues statement: I don’t feel we have one major issue but the continuing effort of good management of township funds. Continuing free garbage & recycling for township citizens. Continuing support for Safety Regulations throughout the township with support of our Fire & Ambulance personnel. Maintenance of Roads, Sewer & Water Systems.

HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
LEE BEHLER
TAX COLLECTOR
(Term: 4 years)
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
PHYLLIS A. BREININGER

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
MARGE SZULBORSKI
D.O.B.: 4/13/1934
Education: Central Catholic High School; Sacramento Business School.
Occupation: Public Works Coordinator/ Lower Macungie Township
Qualifications: Ten years LMT Public Works solving problems; concerns of residents; oversee summer programs; swimming pool; summer recreation. Served as liaison on Community Center/Library during construction/startup. Vice President Lower Macungie Library. LMT Planning Commission, member of Parks and Recreation Board. Coordinator of Bldg. Facility rentals, Lower Macungie Youth Association.
Issues statement: Emphasizing acquisition and expansion of the Township Green Belt along the Little Lehigh to protect the environment and ensure open space for the future while still allowing growth as permitted by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code in compliance with Township Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. My goal is to successfully protect the Township’s natural resource base and preserve the residents’ quality of life – which is second to none in the Lehigh Valley.
DEMOCRAT
GEORGE DOUGHTY
D.O.B.: 3/11/1946
Education: B.S. Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia U.; Graduate study, Public and Business Admin.Occupation: Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority
Qualifications: 30 years experience in local government management. Proven leadership and record of accomplishments.
Issues statement: The most important issue in this campaign is effectively managing the growth in the Township, and to make certain that land developers pay the full cost of their developments through impact fees. In the past this has not been done. Residents must then pay for roads and other public improvements through higher taxes or be forced to tolerate inadequate infrastructure such as the Brookside Road and Lower Macungie Road intersection. For more information on this and other issues visit www.georgeforlmt.com.
TAX COLLECTOR
(Term: 4 years)
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
DENNIS J. HINKEL
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE

LOWER MILFORD TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
RICHARD D. HARRIS
D.O.B.: 11/15/1953
Education: BS Social Studies Education, numerous certficates in various fieldsOccupation: Service Manager at Royal Truck & Equipment Inc.
Qualifications: Experience in leadership roles, Served as Planning Commission Member & Zoning Hearing Board Member
Issues statement: I believe the major issue to be whether or not our township retains it’s rural character. I plan to fight to maintain our present character through pro active efforts at the local, county, and state levels rather than through reactive measures in court.
DEMOCRAT
THEODORE ZAPACH
D.O.B.: 7/14/1938
Education: High school graduate (Southern Lehigh-class of 1956)
Occupation: Retired farmer-currently office furniture (retail)
Qualifications: 44 years experience as a taxpayerIssues statement: Tax Reform – Support the abolition of real estate taxation, replaced by sales tax and/or a combination of sales tax and income tax; similar to that of the state of Tennessee. I support PA House Bill 418, created by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (Butler, PA). This bill would phase out Real Estate Taxes over a three year period.
TAX COLLECTOR
(Term: 4 years)
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
KEITH R. HAUSMAN
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE

LOWHILL
TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)

REPUBLICAN
FRANK R. DENGLER
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE
TAX COLLECTOR
(Term: 4 years)
(Vote for One)
REPUBLICAN
CAROL A. BETZ
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE

LYNN
TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISORTerm: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
CHARLES E. LENHART, III
D.O.B.: 5/1/1957
Education: High School Grad., some college.
Occupation: Road Master, Supervisor for Lynn Township.Qualifications: 19 years as a township employee, Road Scholar Maint. certified, welding certificate, Class A COLW/Hazmat.
Issues statement: My major concerns as always lay with the 67 miles of roads that the township is responsible for, but great attention needs to be paid to the current affairs of the regional planning issues that currently face us a a township. I’m also concerned with the current and future status of our Ontelaunee Park Project.
DEMOCRAT
STANLEY W. BILLIG
D.O.B.: 10/07/1937
Education: High School
Occupation: Farmer
Qualifications: Know the residents of my community; CDL “A” License, experienced equipment operator. Issues statement: There are many important issues. The challenge ahead for the supervisors is to preserve the rural character, protect our natural resources, open space, farmland and property rights. This is why I feel the major issue is the comprehensive plan/regional plan. This will affect the township for years. I feel we must proceed carefully, gather the facts, involve the community for public meetings. I would like a public referendum on important issues.
TAX COLLECTOR
(Term: 4 years)
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
LINDA L. TYSON

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
RONALD J. HEINTZELMAN
D.O.B.: 2/26/1955
Education: 1974 – Parkland Graduate
Occupation: 1974 – Present – Owner & Operator of Greenleaf Farms as a self-employed
Farmer/Agribusinessman – born & raised in this township. Wholesale Pioneer Seed Corn & Fertilizer – Sales.
Qualifications: 1. Businessman. 2. Operating & maintenance of equipment. 3. Scheduling of workload & manpower. 4. Recordkeeping, budgeting, organizational skills & commonsense.
Issues statement: In my opinion, the major issue in this campaign is holding the line on the spending of our tax dollars. I feel that thru better financial management, along with my skills as a local businessman, I can oversee the daily operation and needs of our township in a more efficient manner.
DEMOCRAT
MATTHEW T. MILLER
D.O.B.: 1/11/1977
Education: 1995 Parkland High School Graduate; B.S. Business Administration, Bloomsburg University 1999, minor in Computer Information Systems
Occupation: Manager of the Sunrise Diner, Allentown; Farmer for Klusaritz Farms
Qualifications: College Graduate; Internship at Berwick Chamber of Commerce; Farmer in N.W.T. for 12 years; Manager of a successful diner.Issues statement: I believe the major issue in the township is allocation of funds. I am in favor of finding an alternative solution to the building of a $2.5 million equipment shed. Other issues I am in favor of are: working with local fire companies to increase membership, working with farmers to preserve their land, a better system of snow removal, and a township web site to keep residents up to date.
TAX COLLECTOR
(Term: 4 years)
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
SUSAN D. GELINAS

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP
COMMISSIONER
WARD 2
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
NO CANDIDATE
DEMOCRAT
LARRY J. UNGER
WARD 4
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
JOSEPH EMRICK
D.O.B.: 2/22/1970
Education: 1993 Graduate of Lycoming College with a degree in History & Secondary Education (graduated Magna Cum Laude); 1999 Masters Degree in Social Studies Education.
Occupation: High School Economics & Government TeacherQualifications: A simple desire to be accountable to the needs and interests of the people whom I will serve.
Issues statement: My first priority and issue of greatest concern is to control township spending and oppose increasing taxes. We as a society are already overburdened with high taxes and wasteful spending. To control spending in the township, we must prioritize township needs, whether it is fixing the flood area at 32nd Street or hiring additional fulltime police officers. As commissioner I must be capable of weighing the benefits to the costs of each fiscal decision.
DEMOCRAT
JIM BROWN
D.O.B.: 2/2/1948
Education: Dieruff, class of 67
Occupation: District Sale Manager for Mills PrideQualifications: Jim has lived in Salisbury for eight years. For seven years, Jim has been with the Hills of Devonshire Home Owners Association, Salisbury Township and the Steering Committee.
Issues statement: As your representative for township board of commissioners, Jim would advocate procedures to establish two additional commissioners at large to balance the representation in the township for all people. Would strive to make township government more responsive to citizens needs.
TREASURER
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
LINDA J. MINGER

SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP
COMMISSIONER
Term: 4 years
(Vote for two)
REPUBLICAN
LARRY B. BERNHARD
D.O.B.: 5/12/1948
Education: Graduate of Parkland High School and the University of Maryland
Occupation: Insurance Professional for the past 30 years currently employed by Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley, Inc., Business Insurance Manager of the Macungie, Pa branch.
Qualifications: Served as Vice President of the Board of Commissioners in South Whitehall Township from 1996-2000. Currently a Board Member on the Board of Governors of the Lehigh- Northampton Airport Authority. Past Member of the South Whitehall Township Pension Board. Past President of the Parkland Area Jaycees.
Issues statement: In order to meet the challenge of, “Fair, Legal and Equitable Government”, an elected Commissioner must be willing to put in the time to serve. Government moves slow enough to pass laws and move projects forward. Currently the Township is being hindered by certain Commissioners who fail to attend public sessions and one who has missed almost 50% of the public sessions in four years.

R.A. RODRIGUEZ, JR.
D.O.B.: 12/5/1931
Education: BS in EE Penn State; MS in Materials Science, Lehigh University.
Occupation: Retired Engineer
Qualifications: 14 years on SWT Planning Commission, 12 years as Chairman; 8 years as Township commissioner; 1 year as Vice President; 3 years on LVPC; 33 years resident of township.
Issues statement: The major issue in this campaign is to insure that future development in the townships is controlled to limit its impact on residents. There are two issues that the township commissioners need to deal with to provide the quality of life that the residents are accustomed to. 1) Maintain a tax rate that is affordable. 2) Manage the transition from a rural community to a mainly urban environment. These goals must be obtained while providing for appropriate non-residential development. The limiting of development in the northern tier of the township will be the major challenge to the commissioners.
DEMOCRAT
DALE DAUBERT
D.O.B.: 6/30/1929
Education: Parkland Schools
Occupation: Retired Lehigh County AdministratorQualifications: 20 years County Administration, 15 years as Parkland School Director...12th year as incumbent Township Commissioner.
Issues statement: In 1989, I aspired for this office after observing that township property taxes had increased 86% over the prior three years. I pledged to apply my governmental administrative experience and leadership abilities to restore fiscal sanity to our township operations. With great pride, I can state that there has been NO TAX INCREASE since I assumed office in 1990...and we continued to provide and improve the services our people expect and deserve. If re-elected, the citizenry can be assured that this fiscally responsible style will continue.
TREASURER
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
CAROL A. TREXLER
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
VON GEORGE
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE

TAX COLLECTOR
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
BARRY L. MOYER

UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
DANIEL J. MOHR
TAX COLLECTOR
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
WILLIAM L. WEBER
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE

UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
JIM WHITE
D.O.B.: 1/17/1939
Education: B.A. St. Joseph's College - Philadelphia, Pa.
Occupation: Site Manager - Trammell Crow Co. - Devault, Pa.
Qualifications: I have over 39 years of business and management experience, as well as many years of involvement in political and community service in Chester County.
Issues statement: 1. Maintain a cost effective government, while providing essential service. 2. Support quality business development that will expand the township tax base. 3. Continue to hold the line on property taxes and ensure maximum value for every dollar spent. 4. Support efforts to improve public safety, security and recreational opportunities for all citizens.
DEMOCRAT
BRUCE D. BUSH
D.O.B.: 11/25/1942
Education: Graduate of Boyertown Area High School, Boyertown, PA. Graduate of McCann's School of Business, Reading PA, Business Administration and Accounting
Occupation: Buyer, Howmet Castings, an Alcoa business, Bethlehem PA
Qualifications: Over ten years of experience on the Township's Municipal and Sewage Treatment AuthoritiesIssues statement: Serving the Township is the major issue. I will use my experience in the business world and by serving on the Township Authorities to serve the Township in tackling the difficult challenges that lay ahead. Furthermore, I would work to have the Township grow but under a controlled growth plan. It would be my desire to enhance our quality of life by providing intelligent government at a reasonable cost with an emphasis on organization and planning.
TAX COLLECTOR
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
CAROL A. SPAETH

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
EARL E. HOFFMAN
D.O.B.: 7/19/1941
Education: High School Grad
Occupation: Twp worker & part time farmer
Qualifications: 6 years of working for twp & a part time farmer and have been with trucks and equip all my life
Issues statement: I will be available 365 days a year not just election year. I can operate every piece of equiptment and repair it in the garage and that saves twp., a lot of money by not sending it out for repairs. Will get roads ready in the winter a lot earlier than they are now. Will not treat this like a bankers job. Will get after state to repair roads that run through twp. Help the leaders of playgrounds get ready for the seasons.
DEMOCRAT
DALE M. REX

D.O.B.: 7/15/1939Education: High School Graduate from Slatington High School
Occupation: Township Supervisor
Qualifications: 12 years of service in this positionIssues statement: Maintaining our roads and bridges, plowing snow in the winter, keeping our environment clean and healthy, addressing sewage problems, modernizing our fire equipment and providing recreational opportunities for all our residents. I will work with Penn Dot to maintain our Agility Program. We will continue the county garden that we have on our property. I will also keep the compose program going that the township shares with Lehigh County. I will try to improve our existing playgrounds.
TAX COLLECTOR
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
SALLY A. MANTZ
D.O.B.: 9/16/1950
Education: Slatington High School – graduate; East Stroudsburg University – BS Math, Sec. Education
Occupation: Tax collector – 8 years
Qualifications: 2-term incumbent & member – Lehigh County Tax Collectors Association & Pennsylvania State Tax Collectors Association; completed tax collectors training from Department of Community Affairs – Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Issues statement: Continue to keep accurate records for the township, county, and school district. Maintain regular office hours for residents to pay taxes and answer questions.
DEMOCRAT
ROBIN T. DISTLER
No Response

WEISENBERG TOWNSHIP
SUPERVISOR
Term: 6 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
THOMAS N. WEHR
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE
TAX COLLECTOR
Term: 4 years
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN
JEFFREY M. STRAUSS
DEMOCRAT
NO CANDIDATE

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP
COMMISSIONER
(Vote for three)
REPUBLICAN
BRUCE GEISLER
D.O.B.: 11/13/1956
Education: BS, Business Administration (Management), Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Occupation: CEO, Lehigh Valley Federal Credit UnionQualifications: Whitehall Board of Commissioners, 7/99 to 12/99; Whitehall Planning Commission, 1/93 to 7/99; Whitehall Environmental Council, 5/92 to 3/94; Whitehall Citizens' Police Academy; Leadership Lehigh Valley Class of 2001; Veteran of U.S. Army
Issues statement: In my opinion there is no single, critical issue on which we must focus. Instead, township officials must concern themselves with a variety of quality of life issues that directly impact the high standard of living that our citizens enjoy. Among these are maintaining low property taxes, guarding against overdevelopment, ensuring that our neighborhoods remain safe and supporting the people who are critical to Whitehall's continued success – township employees, police and firefighters.
STEVE AMENT
D.O.B.: Not provided
Education: High School Graduate of Whitehall High School, class of 1981. MilitaryEducation: Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-commissioned officers course, Battalion Training Management systems.
Occupation: Professional truck driver and former safety instructor for Roadway Express; member of Teamsters Local 229
Qualifications: Served as a operations sergeant in the Army. My communication and work with the public skills I currently use, will ensure the people of Whitehall are heard and not the politicians own agenda.
Issues statement: 1) Fiscally sound development of the township: Any and all projects must be fiscally responsible to not burden the taxpayers. With the current crisis in America and the instability of fuel prices people cannot afford any new out of pocket costs. 2) Strong support of Police: Insure active participation of police and community to maintain a safe township. 3) Parks and Recreation: To maintain a good community spirit. A community center is need for people to come together young and old. 4) Ensure all parks, Rail Trail and historical monuments are maintained regularly.
BARBARA MAGRO
No Response
DEMOCRAT
LINDA K. SNYDER
D.O.B.: 7/26/1946
Education: High School.
Occupation: Homemaker.
Qualifications: Currently President of the Board of Commissioners and many years of dedicated service.
Issues statement: I’ve fought hard for holding the line on spending, for using a common-sense approach to government, and for doing what’s right for Whitehall. I am most concerned with the future of the all-important township code of ethics, one of the best outgrowths of our charter. The ethics code provisions prohibit favors and influence. It’s not right for politicians to reward their influential friends.
PHILIP GINDER
D.O.B.: 9/23/1951
Education: One room school house to 4 year college, Bachelor of science.
Occupation: Self employed mechanical contractor.
Qualifications: Currently serving 4 year commissioner term; 6 years on Planning Commission; Honorably Discharged combat veteran; 10 years on Traffic Impact Committee.
Issues statement: “Keeping Whitehall a safe place in which to raise a family”. Keep only necessary taxes by constant review of spending needs; piece of mind for residents by prevention & prosecution of crime; provide necessary recreation needs of adults and children; maintain a constant upgrading of streets and infrastructure; setting a good example,” no petty politics”. I will put the residents needs first.
JERRY PALAGONIA
D.O.B.: 7/30/1945
Education: BA in Criminal Justice Administration, Alvernia College (1976); Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, LCCC (1974); U.S. Air Force 1966-1970; Air Force Reserve
Occupation: Whitehall Township Police Department 1972-1998. Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Discipline & Safety Resource Officer. Teacher, Law Enforcement & Security; Student Counseling; Interface with families & probation officers.
Qualifications: As a 26-year veteran of the Whitehall Township Police Force and a current member of the Whitehall Township Zoning Board, I have extensive experience in the government system.
Issues statement: I am passionate about our parks and playgrounds, and in expanding these facilities and others, to accommodate the rapidly growing sports and recreation population. This means more “green spaces” and fewer additional retail spaces. I BELIEVE we can build the proposed Community-Recreation Center, without raising taxes. I am sure there is tremendous interest in this project and that interest will manifest itself in a show of volunteerism. I BELIEVE in addressing Senior Citizen Housing, similar to our Strawberry Patch Apartments in Fullerton.
TREASURER
(Vote for one)
REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT
RONALD G. REAMAN

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