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5 candidates seek 4 seats on N. Catty council

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

Five candidates are seeking four seats on the North Catasauqua Borough Council in the Nov. 7 municipal election. Three candidates are running on the Democratic (D) ticket; two are registered Republicans (R).

The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why should voters choose you?

Their responses follow.


I am seeking a seat because I love this town and want to see it thrive with some improvement and new ideas. If elected, I hope to expand recreational activities at North Catasauqua Park, especially for our senior citizens. I will work with police, fire and public works to continue professionalism, provide needed resources and maintain community relations. I will keep a watchful eye on the borough budget and strive for no tax increases and perhaps provide tax decreases, if possible. As chairman of the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee since 2008, I will encourage volunteerism with borough and community organizations.


Voters should choose me because of my dedication to our community and my service on North Catasauqua Borough Council for the last eight years. My proudest moment over this time has been the establishment of our successful recycling program in the borough. I will continue to look for ways to improve the quality of life here in “Small Town USA.”

My tenure on North Catasauqua Borough Council, along with my 20-plus years of volunteering at the William J. Albert Memorial Park, has shown my commitment and loyalty to our community.

You can count on my hard work, principles and enthusiasm.


I am a lifelong resident of North Catasauqua and a 1981 graduate of Catasauqua High School. During my eight years on borough council as vice president, I have initiated and/or played an integral part in implementing the following policies and projects: curb recycling program, junior councilperson program, updating the borough building security plan and the storm drainage plan.

I voted against a tax increase in 2017 and was a leading voice in earmarking money from the sale of the cell tower for road improvements.


The past four years have seen a great deal of changes for the borough, and I’m glad I’ve been a part of it. In that time, I have tried to expand cooperation between the borough and the various organizations in our community and with surrounding communities. I have worked with the D&L Trail in supporting planned improvements on our section of trail, and I would like to work toward a further trail expansion through our community. I’m glad I was able to obtain a grant from Northampton County to upgrade our park, and I hope to continue with additional improvements.


I believe that the residents of the borough should vote for me because I am just another resident that will have different views on subjects that come up and may help guide the council to make better decisions to benefit our borough and its residents. Our residents are what makes this borough and should be our main concern! I also will be there for the residents to speak to if they have a concern that I can bring to council on their behalf.