Monday, May 20, 2013
Here's what you need to know about Tuesday's primary election in Emmaus Borough and Upper Milford Township.
Tuesday, May 21 is primary election day in Pennsylvania. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Poll Problems? Contact the Lehigh County voter registration office at 610-782-3194. How to Use Touch Screen Voting Machines Emmaus Races (click on the link for information on candidates) Emmaus Mayor: Mayor Candidates Do Not Respond to Patch Questions [Editor's Notes: Article has been updated.] Emmaus Borough Council Upper Milford Township Races (click on the link for information on candidates) Upper Milford Board of Supervisors East Penn Board of School Directors Lehigh County Races Voter ID According to Lehigh County Voter Registration: Polling Places Upper Milford Township Polling Locations Upper Milford Eastern District Lutheran Church of…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Privatization debates in the Pennsylvania General Assembly could mean changes to where Pennsylvanians can buy six-packs.
Saturday, May 18
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — A simple six-pack of beer is becoming a focal point of the most substantive legislative debate on Pennsylvania alcohol laws since Prohibition. A Tuesday afternoon Senate Law and Justice Committee on liquor privatization, headed by Chairman Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, featured numerous testifiers discussing the already-private industry of beer sales. Chief among the concerns from the beer distributor industry and taverns is package reform, or allowing establishments who sell beer to sell different amounts. Under current law, beer distributors cannot sell less than a case, and bars or grocery stores with the ability to sell bottles cannot sell more than a 12-pack. The Senate, under McIlhinney’s…
Medicaid expansion continues to hang over Gov. Tom Corbett and budget-making lawmakers.
Saturday, May 18
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent HARRISBURG – Democratic leaders in the General Assembly say Gov. Tom Corbett has delayed long enough on a decision about expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania. And if the governor won’t make a decision, they are ready to force his hand. “If Gov. Corbett is unwilling to do the right thing, my colleagues in the Senate must send a clear message that this is unacceptable. It’s time for a vote on Medicaid expansion,” said state Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, on Tuesday. Hughes has filed a resolution to force the state Senate to vote on Medicaid expansion. If a majority of senators support the resolution, a proposal to force the state to accept the expansion would be busted out of committee and brought …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and subsequently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to a release from Lehigh County. Tom Muller is now acting executive.
Lehigh County Executive William H. Hansell, who was appointed last summer to fill the unexpired term of former Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham, has resigned his post for health reasons, according to a release from the county. Hansell was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and subsequently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He has started undergoing treatment and felt he needed to devote his energy to restoring his health, the release said. “I have been proud to serve as Lehigh County Executive for the past year," Hansell said in the prepared release. "I felt that it was the culmination of my 52-year career in local government. The decision to resign has been one of the hardest I’ve had to make in my professional life.” Thomas …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
East Penn School Board member Julian Stolz is also running for Emmaus mayor and Emmaus Borough Council, but he won't be allowed to serve on all three bodies if he wins.
Controversial East Penn School Board member Julian Stolz will be on Tuesday's primary ballot running for both Emmaus mayor and Emmaus Borough Council. But which seat does he really want? He is prohibited by law from holding all of them at once. Stolz declined this week to answer questions from Patch about his commitment to the school board and his interest in borough council. Stolz did announce that he has decided to support Mayor Winfield Iobst for re-election and will withdraw from the mayor's race as soon as he "can legally do so." Stolz said he decided to run against the incumbent when he thought Iobst was part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Stolz says that Iobst is no longer part of that coalition and says he believes the mayor now …
Eight candidates are vying for four East Penn School Board seats in Tuesday’s primary election.
Eight candidates, including two incumbents, are seeking four seats on the East Penn School Board. All the candidates have cross-filed, meaning they will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. According the Lehigh County voter registration office, the following candidates are on the ballot for the May 21 primary: The East Penn School District includes Emmaus, Alburtis and Macungie and Lower Macungie and Upper Milford townships. Board seats are four-year terms.
Five candidates -- including two incumbents -- are running for Emmaus Borough Council in the May 21 primary.
Five candidates -- two Republicans and three Democrats -- are running for three open Emmaus Borough Council seats in the May 21 primary election. That means all five candidates will be on the ballot for the November general election. Emmaus Borough Council seats are held for a four-year term. Patch sent a questionnaire to each candidate and is posting the replies in their entirety. Click on the name of the candidate to read his information. Republican Brent Labenberg (Incumbent) – Did not respond Julian Stolz – Did not respond Democrat Roy Anders Wesley Barrett (Incumbent) Trevor Schneck
In the most contested of Lehigh County commissioner races, four Republicans are seeking their party's nomination in District 5, and two Democrats are seeking their party's nod in the May 21 primary.
In one of the most contested races in the May 21 primary, four Republican candidates are seeking their party's nomination for a Lehigh County Commissioner seat in District 5. On the Democratic side, two candidates are seeking their party's nod for the seat. The winners of the Republican and Democratic races will square off in the November general election for the four-year position. District 5 includes Salisbury Township, Emmaus, Macungie, Upper Milford, Lower Milford, Coopersburg, Upper Saucon Township and parts of Allentown. Patch sent a questionnaire to the candidates and is posting their replies in their entirety. Click on the name of the candidate to read his information, including educational and family background as well as each …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Two candidates—one incumbent and one challenger—are vying for the Democratic nomination in the May 21 primary election. Neither answered a Patch election questionnaire emailed last week.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated. John F. Belin sent his responses to the Patch election questionnaire two days after the deadline for responding had passed. Those responses have been posted on the Emmaus Patch site as a service to our readers. Two candidates, Incumbent Winfield Iobst and Challenger John F. Belin, Jr., are on the ballot for the May 21 Democratic primary for Emmaus mayor. Patch recently sent them each a questionnaire by email so voters can get to know them better. The candidates were asked to supply their answers by May 15. As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, neither candidate responded to the questions. In the case of incumbent Iobst, Patch sent the questionnaire to a borough staff member because the borough website does …
Two candidates—one incumbent and one challenger—are vying for the Republican nomination in the May 21 primary election.
Two candidates, one incumbent and one challenger, are on the ballot for the May 21 Republican primary for an open six-year term on the Upper Milford Board of Supervisors. The winner will face the lone Democratic candidate Joyce Moore in the November general election. Patch sent a questionnaire to each candidate and is posting the replies in their entirety. Click on the name of the candidate to read his information. Incumbent Challenger