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Otto Slozer Remains a big Name in Emmaus Elections

Former Emmaus Borough Councilman Otto Slozer is running conservative newspaper in Emmaus.

Editor's Note: This article is the first in a four-part series covering the Emmaus Borough Council and East Penn School Board races, which will be decided through the Nov. 8 general election.

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It’s been eight years since Otto Slozer lost his last Emmaus council election, obtaining 860 votes compared to 1,812 for the top vote-getter, incumbent Susan Schmidt.

But no one in Emmaus since then has caused such a commotion for headline writers.

At least one local columnist put him in a Hall of Fame with the likes of the late Anna Tropiano of Allentown and Ron Angle of the Slate Belt.

Now 63, Slozer has been out of public office 13 years.

And he does dabble in politics as board chairman of the Lehigh Valley Commentator,  a conservative newspaper in Emmaus. But he never expected to become a target in the 2011 elections for Emmaus Borough Council and East Penn School Board taking place Nov. 8.

Nonetheless, the , saying they were recruited by the former councilman. They both have political ads in the recent Commentator.

“Let’s not do this again. STOP OTTO,’’ the headlines said on the Web site. A disclosure statement on the Web site said it was paid by Citizens for Strong Communities, a political action committee run by Patrick Slatery, a Lower Macungie Democrat who has not been available for comment.

Slozer, who said he considered a suit over the Web site, recently agreed to an interview to explain his viewpoint.

“As a private citizen, I should not be in the public eye,” he said. “I am not running for public office."

Since his retirement, he said he has been enjoying life with family and friends. He has lived in Emmaus for 38 years.

He lashed out at those promoted by Slatery in the Web site, the team of Nathan Brown, Lee Ann Gilbert, Brian Holzhafer and Jeff Shubzda running for council.

“I think it is a sad situation when the incumbent council members have chosen not to run on their record or even present their views on the issues,” he said. “Instead they are deflecting away from their record and running against someone who is NOT RUNNING and has not been in office for 13 years.

“They are bringing up issues that are 13 to 20 years old. This should speak volumes to clear-thinking citizens.’’

Slozer said he’s accustomed to taking hits, even now.

“Mr. Slattery’s PAC has turned this into a very dirty campaign,” he said. “I said publicly over eight years ago that I would not run again in Emmaus council. I am a man of my word.’’

An interested bystander November 01, 2011 at 05:11 PM
So he founded a newspaper, founded a citizen advocacy group (CEPTA), goes to virtually all council and school district meetings and sits in the front row with a tape recorder, has filed numerous suits against the borough, challenges the individual motives of everyone who disagrees with him rather than having a legitimate disagreement on the issues, etc. And thinks he is a private citizen and should not in the public eye?
optimist November 01, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Correct! And he is activiely invlovled trying to get people elected/reelected to the school board (Stolz and L. Donches) as well as borough council (Landi and J. Donches). Otto is far from a simple private citizen. He is right in the thick of things.
Black Sheep November 02, 2011 at 12:17 PM
I'd rather hear from Nathan Brown, Lee Ann Gilbert, Brian Holzhafer and Jeff Shubzda and hear their stance on the issues at hand. Otto isn't running; leave him out of this. He's allowed to support anyone he chooses.
Black Sheep November 03, 2011 at 12:19 PM
No, I believe Patrick Slatery has put Otto into this race.
optimist November 03, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Ok Black Sheep. Are you actually claiming that Otto has nothing to do with recruting and actively supporting candidates for Emmaus Borough Council and school board? I would hope you would agree that politics is not only about who is running. most candidates generally have a support network behind them.
Rob Hamill November 05, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Mr Slattery has done the biggest character assasination job on a private citizen that I have ever witnessed. If I were my friend, Otto, I'd take this stain on the community to court for his attacks.
Lyle Richardson November 09, 2011 at 02:48 AM
Where in Emmaus is Otto ???? LOL
Black Sheep April 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
If I did the exact same thing, would you make the same comments about me? It sounds like those who dislike Mr. Slozier will do anything to keep his name in the forefront and then complain about it.

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