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Bethlehem Councilman Reynolds to Run for Mayor

J. William Reynolds says on Facebook that he will announce run for mayor on Tuesday. Campaign website already up and running.


Bethlehem City Councilman J. William Reynolds is running for mayor.

Reynolds is planning a formal news conference to announce the run on Tuesday, but previewed the announcement on his personal Facebook page Sunday night.

“My family and I have always loved the City of Bethlehem and understood the value of public service. With that in mind, I am proud to announce that I will be formally declaring my candidacy to be the next Mayor of Bethlehem on Tuesday January 8th,” the post said.

“As the campaign unfolds in the coming days and weeks, I would appreciate any support you and your family may be able to provide. Please like our official campaign page and check out my new website at www.jwilliamreynolds.net!”

A Democrat, Reynolds became the youngest city councilman in Bethlehem history after he was elected to his first term in 2007. His full-time job is as a social studies teacher at William Allen High School in Allentown.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Moravian College in 2003 and Liberty High School in 1999.

City Councilman Robert Donchez, who is currently serving his fifth term on City Council, is also expected to run. Donchez, who is also a Democrat, and Reynolds were re-elected to their council seats in 2011, so neither will be risking their council position to run for mayor.

Staberdearth January 07, 2013 at 11:58 AM
What is it with the public sector/teacher connection to Betlum politics? Does this automatically qualify someone like Reynolds? Betlum voters seem to think so...
Frightwingslayer January 08, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Being a teacher exposes you to alot of students and parents over the years.Doesnt hurt when you run for anything....Won't help Reynolds because he teaches in Allentown as did Donchez. It certainly helped Dolan get elected the first time because, I believe, she taught in Bethlehem..No idea why many teachers have and still do end up on Council and sometimes, as in Marcincin's case, end up as Mayor. But again, it doen't hurt anyone running for office to be well known before they get there...Makes sense that they'd have a step up for elective office..This time, barring a serious Republican contender, a teacher or former teacher will definitely become mayor..
Patriot2 January 08, 2013 at 08:19 PM
This guy has been the mayor's lapdog ever since he got on council. He vigorously defends the administration on everything. He has even verbally scorned citizens that spoke out requesting changes to tighten the zoning ordinance to protect residential neighborhoods. He also suggested billing for engineering expenses and city time to those that spoke out against the proposed parking plan in front of the Smithy. This guy has a lot of growing up to do and can't hold a candle to Donchez in regard to maturity and respect for others.


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