Why keep our own little machine politics system? (66)

(66th in a series of posts on candidates for election)

Local citizen of West Bethlehem, Sarah Andrew.

I love Bethlehem, and being from Bethlehem, and living in west Bethlehem, and all things Bethlehem. I was born and raised here with a few years’ hiatus in D.C. and Chicago, and could not wait to move back to raise my family. I consider myself middle class and come from a working/middle class background and that is important to my identity and values.

That said, it’s not a skill to be “from Bethlehem.” We have our own little machine politics system, and I don’t see why it benefits us to keep it that way. If we love Bethlehem, don’t we want to open our arms to other folks who see what we see in it, and welcome their views and opinions? Is everyone who moved from out of town an “elitist.” (Ugh, that word. What does it even mean?)

Every candidate from Bethlehem has been acting like whoever loves it the most deserves to be on City Council. We get it, you love it here. Hey, so do we! That doesn’t, by itself, qualify anyone for the job. A council position is not and should never be a birthright. As campaign financing goes, I do take issue with a totally self-funded campaign. But sharing funds among candidates is also distasteful at best — council members should be accountable to the public, not in debt to each other.

Sarah

It’s not about Carol but the principle (65)

(65th in a series of posts on candidates for election)

Dana Grubb is a lifelong resident of the City of Bethlehem who worked 27 years for the City of Bethlehem in the department of community and economic development, as sealer of weights and measures, housing rehabilitation finance specialist, grants administrator, acting director of community and economic development, and deputy director of community development.

Gadfly:

I know Carol and like her a lot. It’s about the principle of this for me. If a $4,000 contribution from one elected official’s campaign fund to another candidate’s campaign fund is a loan to that candidate, then it should be reflected as such on the report. That’s all. It wasn’t!

Dana

 

“Hopefully she will return the money” (63)

(63rd in a series of posts on candidates for election)

Steven Diamond, DO, MBA is a Medical Examiner of Hunterdon County, NJ, and a forensic pathologist. He is a board member of multiple international start-up companies and is the Medical Director of clinical trials laboratories.

Gadfly:

As a physician, I have been taught that you never put yourself in a position where your decisions are questioned as self-serving. I believe the recipient of the Callahan money shows poor ethical understanding.
Is this a sign of how that person will function on the council? Hopefully she will return the money.

Steve

“The problem with blogs like this is that they often spew fake news” (62)

(62nd in a series of posts on candidates for election)

The problem with blogs like this is that they often spew fake news. Did anyone reach out to the parties involved to ask about the situation? NO! You are seriously ok with typing things that are not true and not factual. I know both Councilman Callahan and Carol Ritter very well. The facts are that in order to run a good campaign, you have to pay for signs, walk pieces and mail pieces. They cost money. I don’t think it’s a secret that Councilman Callahan and Carol Ritter have the same views on how to keep moving Bethlehem forward. I also know that people like Van Wirt and Carpenter have no clue where Bethlehem was just 15-20 years ago.
The facts are that Councilman Callahan gave the Ritter campaign a $4000 loan that is being paid back in full. The facts are that Carol Ritter and her campaign wanted to do 3 mail pieces to let the voters know who she is, where she came from (Born and raised in Bethlehem) and what her vision for the future of Bethlehem is.
The facts are that the Ritter campaign is waiting on some more contributions to come in to cover the cost of the mail pieces that had to be paid by last week to ensure the mail pieces dropped in time before election day.
More fake news and hysteria from the Van Wirt clan. What troubles me is that these same people, who are so upset over the campaign loan, didn’t have a problem with Van Wirt self-funding her last campaign to the tune of $9,000 and Carpenter self-funded his campaign with over $4000? Is it Ok that Carpenter received thousands of dollars from Steve and Barbara Diamond? It sounds like the historical elites only want the wealthy to be able to run campaigns and run for political office!!!
The facts are that people like Michael Colon, Olga Negron, Adam Waldron, Willy Reynolds, Brian Callahan, Grace Crampsie Smith, and Carol Ritter are middle-class residents who love and care for Bethlehem and have as much right to run and fund their campaigns as does Van Wirt, Carpenter and the other elitists who think they know what’s best for Bethlehem.
Unions, developers and yes even other council members have as much right to help elect good people to represent Bethlehem and to keep moving the City forward from the disaster of the Steel closing. I trust the people who were raised here and know Bethlehem better than Van Wirt who just moved here.

Elisemartin721

Last minute handy overview of each candidate (the end!)

(The last in a series of posts on candidates for election . . . Sigh)

Election Day is TODAY!

If you have any energy left, you can review the Gadfly series of Q&A’s with candidates, the like of which you can get nowhere else, on these pairs of posts in the candidates series: 51, 45/44, 36/35, 31/30, 26/25, 24/23, 20/19, 17/16.

D’ya need a quick refresher on the candidates for the important Bethlehem City Council election tomorrow?

The brief but excellent introductions by the Bethlehem City Democratic Committee at the candidate forum will serve beautifully.

Only 10 minutes total — give a listen.

Michael Colon (2:21), J. William Reynolds (3:45), Carol Ritter (5:30), David Saltzer (6:53), and Paige Van Wirt (8:33) are running for the three 4yr. Council Seats.

 

Will Carpenter (0:00) and Grace Crampsie Smith (1:08) are running for the one 2yr. seat.

 

If you have any energy left, you can review the Gadfly series of Q&A’s with candidates, the like of which you can get nowhere else, on these pairs of posts in the candidates series: 45/44, 36/35, 31/30, 26/25, 24/23, 20/19, 17/16.

Vote tomorrow and vote informed!

and good luck to all!

It’s been a great ride!

Seriously consider the Callahan campaign contribution issue before voting for candidate Ritter (61)

(61st in a series of posts on candidates for election)

Election Day is Tuesday May 21

That’s today!

Not everybody in Bethlehem reads the Gadfly blog. Yet. We can hope.

But Gadfly is pretty certain that candidate Ritter and Councilman Callahan both are aware of it.

And one way or another would have heard about Gadfly’s invitation this morning to address several questions about the $4000 contribution.

So Gadfly is left very troubled.

Thus Gadfly suggests that anyone considering voting for candidate Ritter should seriously think thrice upon thrice upon thrice.