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 …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Republican Dean Browning is one of two candidates seeking his party's nomination for Lehigh County Executive in the May 21 primary.
Wednesday, May 1
LEHIGH COUNTY EXECUTIVE RACE Candidate: DEAN BROWNING Age: 57 – Born on Jan. 28, 1956 Family: My wife, Cheryl and two dogs (Josie and Leroy) Political party affiliation: Republican Tell us about your educational background: M.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, 1979 President's Fellowship Recipient B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from Denison University, 1978 Sigma Xi Research Honorary Tell us about your professional/business background: New World Aviation, Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer (2000 to Present) Harvel Plastics, Vice President, Finance (1993 to 1999) Floravision, President (1990 to 1993) Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of the Lehigh Valley, Finance …
Republican Scott Ott is one of two candidates seeking his party's nomination for Lehigh County Executive in the May 21 primary.
Wednesday, May 1
LEHIGH COUNTY EXECUTIVE RACE Candidate: SCOTT OTT Age: 51 Family: Married to Stephanie, the director of children's ministry at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church. Four children ages 14-24 years, two boys and two girls. Political party affiliation: Republican Tell us about your educational background: High School, Palisades in Bucks County BA in Journalism from Penn State University Tell us about your professional/business background: I'm professional writer and co-host of a current events talk show for PJTV. Author of three books of political satire. I researched, wrote and hosted a 20-part video (non-satirical) series on the making of the U.S. Constitution ('Freedom's Charter' for PJTV). For five years, I served as Executive …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Lehigh Valley Tea Party will host candidates running for Lehigh County executive and commissioner on Friday.
Thursday, April 4
The Lehigh Valley Tea Party's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Friday will include two programs at the Charles Chrin Community Center in Palmer Township. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe will speak on proposed HB357 which would nullify any new federal gun control laws and make any attempt to enforce them a felony. Metcalfe will also discuss HB671—“Constitutional Carry.” Immediately after Metcalfe's presentation, those in attendance will have a chance to meet local candidates running in the May primary. The following candidates said they will attend: Please see details at www.lvtp.org
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Democrat Tom Muller, of Lower Macungie, announced Wednesday at a press conference in Emmaus that he will run for Lehigh County's top job.
Democrat Tom Muller, the director of administration for Lehigh County, announced Wednesday that he is a candidate for Lehigh County Executive. Muller, who held senior positions at large companies in the Lehigh Valley before moving into the public sector, is the first Democrat to enter the race. He announced his candidacy at the Triangle in Emmaus. Muller, of Lower Macungie, has been the county's director of administration for seven years, serving with former county Executive Don Cunningham to manage a $400 million budget and 12 negotiations with collective bargaining units, according to a prepared release. He has 40 years of experience in the private sector, including as president and chief operating officer for Binney & Smith—now Crayola…
Friday, January 25, 2013
After a narrow miss in 2009, Scott Ott runs again for Lehigh County's top job.
Scott Ott, 51, a fiscally conservative Republican, told supporters and friends on Jan 24 that he will again run Lehigh County Commissioner in the fall. Ott is making his second attempt for the county's top job which narrowly eluded him in 2009 when, as an unknown, he came within 900 votes of beating seasoned Democratic politico Don Cunningham. He is currently a Lehigh County Commissioner, a position to which he was elected in 2011. “I am running for Lehigh County executive because I want to make our local government more accountable to the taxpayers who fund it and more effective for the people it serves.” Ott said in a written announcement. “I have spent my time on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners fighting for reforms that reduced…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
New Lehigh County Executive's first official act was to present the 2013 budget that includes a tax credit of about $44 for homeowners.
Bill Hansell was sworn in as Lehigh County Executive on Tuesday and immediately set to work as he delivered the 2013 budget to county commissioners. The Lower Macungie resident said the $365 million budget will provide a onetime expiring tax credit of about $44 to county homeowners. Real estate taxes will remain at 11.9 mils, based on valuations prior to Lehigh County’s reassessment, which is expected to be complete at the end of November. Commissioners will begin hearings on the budget on Sept. 13 and plan to vote on it Oct. 24. Hansell has spent a lot of time in government and advising governments. He served as Catasauqua Borough manager, South Whitehall’s first township manager when it became a first-class township in 1966 and later …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Lehigh County Commissioners appoint Bill Hansell -- who was South Whitehall’s first township manager -- to fill Don Cunningham's unexpired term, according to reports.
Former Lehigh County Commissioner Bill Hansell -- who was South Whitehall’s first township manager -- has been named acting Lehigh County Executive. Hansell, 75, of Lower Macungie was appointed on an 8-0 vote Wednesday by Lehigh County Commissioners to fill Don Cunningham's unexpired term, according to lehighvalleylive.com. Hansell has worked as a consultant for governments and associations. Hansell has spent a half century in and around local government. He was South Whitehall’s first township manager when it became a first-class township in 1966. He also served as Catasauqua Borough manager and Allentown business administrator. He has led the Pennsylvania League of Cities and spent 20 years as director of the International City/County …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Five candidates have applied for the position of Lehigh County executive, vacated by Don Cunningham earlier this month, according to the Express-Times.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Four men and one woman are vying to be chosen as Lehigh County executive to replace Don Cunningham, who left earlier this month to become head of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. The county commissioners will vote on who to choose to fill out Cunningham's term but the person must be of the same party as Cunningham, a Democrat. According to a report by the Express-Times, the applicants are: -- Matthew Croslis, an Allentown-based attorney who owns a real estate company and title insurance company. He ran for Lehigh County executive in 2001 and lost to Republican Jane Ervin. -- Daniel McCarthy of Allentown, is in his third term as a Lehigh County commissioner and is solicitor for the Allentown Parking Authority. He ran for …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Lehigh County Executive and former Bethlehem Mayor Don Cunningham will take the reins of economic development corporation on July 9.
Don Cunningham said Wednesday he would relish his opportunity to create new jobs and expand the Valley’s tax base in a “sustainable way,” as the head of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. The current Lehigh County executive and former mayor of Bethlehem, today officially named the next president and chief executive officer of the LVEDC, said he will recruit new business and “more importantly, grow businesses here.” Redeveloping brown fields – which still includes the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. site, where he played a key role in establishing a plan for reuse when he was mayor – will be a priority. The Valley’s urban cores will also be a focus. He said his views on the Allentown arena project and the controversial Neighborhood …