I waited until after the primary election so I wouldn't be blamed for making anyone lose, but now it's time to unveil this year's nominees to my Hall of Fame of the area's most colorful characters.
They're an impressive group, but remember that listing these people as nominees does not mean I think they deserve to be inducted into the Hall. Nomination is not the same as induction. All I am saying here is that at least one reader suggested this person deserves consideration.
Here are the prospective luminaries, in no particular order. If you see something in quotation marks, it's the words of the nominator:
• Members of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, "including [former employee] Glenn Reibman, Julio Guridy and all the other political hacks."
• Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan and "his sidekick," recycling director Tom Marshall, for stubbornly continuing to push for a single trash hauler for the city in spite of resident opposition.
• Former state Rep. Joseph Brennan, who was jailed for DUI and assault and still kept his $72,000 job as a research analyst in the Legislative Policy and Research Office of the House Democratic Caucus.
• The late sports and media personality, Ron "Punkin" Miller. "He was definitely colorful," said his nominator, who thought very highly of him.
• Blogger, political activist and Northampton County Council candidate Tricia Mezzacappa, who got strong support for an assortment of tirades, wild allegations, inflammatory blog posts, lawsuits filed by and against her, harassment complaints and a disorderly conduct conviction, not to mention a strange gun permit application whose leaking led to charges against a sheriff's deputy. She was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Northampton County Council.
"She may not have been around long," said one of her nominators, "but she's deserving of something. Maybe Rookie of the Year honors."
• Blogger Bernie O'Hare, who not only has been embroiled in any number of high-profile controversies but is in the midst of an epic feud with Mezzacappa, whom he sued for libel. One Hall of Famer suggested I induct O'Hare and Mezzacappa together, which would have a certain ironic appeal.
• Lawyer and district judge candidate Joe Maher, who was accused of using a phony address so he would qualify for the DJ job he was seeking, unsuccessfully.
• Outspokenly conservative East Penn School Board member and Emmaus mayoral/council candidate Julian Stolz. "He has single handedly made East Penn School Board meetings one of the most entertaining nights of the week," wrote the most eloquent of the people who nominated him. "More than anyone else in the Lehigh Valley, Julian Stolz deserves, and by his very existence demands, a place in the Hall."
• Developer David Jaindl, unpopular among many Lower Macungie residents for his development plans and the way they were approved.
• Heather Michelle Hayes of Lansford, who pleaded guilty in Carbon County Court to indecent exposure and open lewdness after being arrested naked from the waist down at a Turkey Hill. According to news reports, she told police she got in an argument with her boyfriend because he refused to have sex with her. Her boyfriend, Eric Zuber, who told the judge in the case that he still loved her and that they would apply for a marriage license, also was nominated.
• Perennial unsuccessful candidate, meeting pontificator and community activist Dennis Pearson.
• State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131, "for co-cosponsoring Daryl Metcalfe's bone-headed nullification bill. They both know that it wouldn't hold up in court." The bill would make it a felony to enforce federal gun and ammunition laws in Pennsylvania.
• Northampton County Executive John Stoffa, nominating himself.
• WAEB radio personality Bobby Gunther Walsh. One nominator did applaud his considerable charitable work, adding, "But otherwise he's sort of a rabid right-wing kook."
• Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.
• Conservative commentator John Brinson.
• Allentown conservative activists Joe Hilliard and Kim Schmidtner.
• The Lehigh County commissioners.
• Coplay Borough Council. "We have the 'boys club' running town," wrote council's nominator. "They ignore the Sunshine Law, contracts and common sense. They are on a mission to undermine the Coplay library in many subtle and not so subtle ways."
• "Russell Mayo and the Allentown School Board for their dedication to their priorities: keeping administration employed at the expense of classroom teachers. Also instituting a uniform policy without knowing how much it will cost or how it will be enforced."
If you have thoughts on these candidates or want to nominate others, time's running short, so get moving.
Bill White's commentary appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.