Zanelli, Smith seek District 3 board seat
Two candidates are seeking one spot as a Lehigh County commissioner in District 3, which includes Catasauqua and Fountain Hill boroughs, Hanover Township and portions of Bethlehem and Allentown.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: As a Lehigh County commissioner, how could you help the senior citizens of the Lehigh Valley?
Their responses follow.
AMY ZANELLI (D)
Seniors are a growing segment of our society. They are often marginalized and overlooked. These are the men and women who have paved our roads, built our buildings, given us all we hold dear — and deserve better.
I will be their voice and bridge to navigating government. I will continue to be their advocate in addressing outdated regulations that infringe upon quality of life like I’ve done with seniors at Cedarbrook and Lutheran Manor. It is imperative I do all I can to ensure they live out their golden years with the happiness, independence and the dignity they deserve.
ROBERT E. SMITH JR. (R)
We need to keep Cedarbrook going. It’s the only place where seniors can go when they have no money or family to help. Meals on Wheels needs to expand, and I want to start an Adopt a Senior program where students and volunteers visit seniors.
Senior citizens’ number one ailment is loneliness. Many of our seniors are left alone. We need to make their senior years happy and productive. I took care of my grandma for 10 years, but then we chose Cedarbrook for the special care they give seniors.
To conclude, our seniors need to be cherished, not forgotten.