In this Guide, Republican candidates appear first because Pennsylvania has a Republican governor.

On Election Day you will be asked to show a government-issued photo ID. However, you will be allowed to vote if you do not have one.
The photo-ID law has not been overturned; its implementation has been delayed.

If you are requesting an absentee ballot, you must provide the number on your photo ID or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Refer to the 2012 Primary Voters' Guide for additional information about some candidates.

Voters' Guide for Lehigh County voters,

General Election, November 6, 2012

U.S. President and other statewide races

Ballot Questions

State Legislators

 

All candidates were asked to provide personal information and answer a question

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Congress is the legislative branch of the federal government.  It is composed of two houses.  The upper house is the Senate. The lower house is the House of Representatives.  A majority vote by both houses is necessary to pass a law.  Every law concerned with taxation must originate in the House of Representatives.  Representatives are elected by district.

Note: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania allowed last year's redistricting of congressional districts to stand. The districts will change in January. The election this year is based on the configuration of the districts starting in 2012.

Term: two years

Base salary: $174,000

Candidates were asked:

In your opinion, what are the three most important challenges facing our nation, and how do you propose to address them?

 

15th Congressional District

All of Lehigh County.

Part of Northampton County: City of Bethlehem (Northampton County Portion, Wards 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 and part of Ward 17); townships of Allen, Bushkill, East Allen, Hanover, Lehigh, Lower Nazareth, Lower Saucon, Moore, Plainfield (Belfast, Kesslersville and Plainfield Church districts), Upper Nazareth (West District) and Williams; boroughs of Bath, Chapman, Hellertown, North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport. Parts of Berks, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.

Part of Berks County: townships of Albany, Bethel, Centre, Greenwich, Hereford (part, District 1), Jefferson, Longswamp, Maxatawny, Perry, Tilden, Tulpehocken, Upper Bern, Upper Tulpehocken and Windsor; boroughs of of Centerport, Hamburg, Kutztown, Lenhartsville, Lyons, Shoemakersville, Strausstown and Topton.

Parts of Dauphin and Lebanon counties.

vote for one

Republican

Charles W. Dent

Allentown

www.dentforcongress.com

D.O.B.: 1960

EDUCATION: 1982, B.S.; Pennsylvania State University; 1993, MPA; Lehigh University

OCCUPATION: U.S. Representative, PA-15th

QUALIFICATIONS: State Representative, 8 years; State Senate, 6 years; U.S. Congress, 7 years.  Member, House Committee on Appropriations and House Ethics Committee. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise Award” for the 109th and 110th Congresses.

RESPONSE: 1.) Growing the economy  2.) Creating jobs  3.) Developing American Energy. We can spur job creation and economic growth by reducing uncertainty through stopping the impending tax rate increases, by curbing excessive regulations on small businesses, and opening markets for American manufacturers and farmers. America’s economy is an engine that runs on affordable energy. We need to increase domestic energy production, and embrace a diverse, “all of the above” energy strategy.

 

Democrat

Richard David Daugherty

Lowhill Township

www.daughertyforcongress.com

D.O.B.: 1960

EDUCATION: Catasauqua High School, 1978; BA Moravian College, 1982.

OCCUPATION: Executive Director, Lehigh County Senior Center.

QUALIFICATIONS: District Administrator for former Congressman Paul McHale.

RESPONSE: We need good jobs that pay well. Congress passed free trade agreements that wrecked our economy by sending jobs overseas. I oppose unfair trade policies. I support increasing tariffs on imports to bring manufacturing jobs back to America.

Senior citizens are struggling and need help. Keep Medicare the way it is. Do not tax Social Security benefits for seniors who work. Eliminate the Social Security payroll tax cap. Provide a Social Security COLA every year. Too much military spending goes to defending other nations. We cannot be the “policeman of the world”. Defend America first.

 

17th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

In Northampton County: Cities of Bethlehem (Northern County portion) Ward 17 all except blocks 1026, 1123, 2018 and 2055 of tract 11300, and Easton. Townships of Bethlehem, Forks, Lower Mt. Bethel, Palmer, Plainfield District Delabole, Upper Mt. Bethel, Upper Nazareth District East, and Washington; Boroughs of Bangor, East Bangor, Freemansburg, Glendon, Nazareth, Pen Argyl, Portland, Roseto, Stockertown, Tatamy, West Easton, Wilson and Wind Gap.

Parts of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and all of Schuylkill Counties.

Term: two years

Base salary: $174,000

Vote for one

The candidates were asked:

What would you do to improve protection and enforcement of Pennsylvania’s land, air, and water quality laws?

REPUBLICAN

Laureen A. Cummings

No response

 

DEMOCRAT

Matthew A. Cartwright

Moosic

www.CartwrightCongress.com

D.O.B.: 1961

EDUCATION: 1986, University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.; 1983, Hamilton College, A.B., History

OCCUPATION: Attorney; Munley, Munley and Cartwright, Scranton, PA

QUALIFICATIONS: Board Member, NEPA Council of Boy Scouts of America; Silver Beaver Award Recipient from Boy Scouts of America, 2010; District Governor, Rotary International (District 7410, NEPA), 2001-02

RESPONSE: My first environmental priority will be to eliminate the Halliburton Loophole, which allows gas companies to frack without disclosing the poisons they are pumping into our ground water. The 17th District is surrounded by natural gas wells and because of the numerous rivers that flow through Pennsylvania all of our citizens are in harm’s way. If elected, I will strongly fight to end such exemptions and will do so loudly throughout the district, and Pennsylvania.

STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is the legislative branch of the State Government. It is composed of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. A majority vote of both houses is required to pass a law.

Note: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania rejected last year's redistricting of state legislative districts. Those elected to take office in January 2012 will represent districts that have not changed.

 

Candidates for State Senator were asked the following question:

Given limited resources, what three priority areas of the proposed budget
would you like to modify and what is your rationale for so doing?

 

STATE SENATOR

Term: 4 years

Base salary: $82,026

29th State Senatorial District

vote for one

In Lehigh County: Borough of Slatington; Townships of Heidelberg, Lynn, Washington.

In Northampton County: Borough of Walnutport; Lehigh Township; Parts of Berks, Carbon and Monroe Counties.

All of Schuylkill County.

Candidates were asked:

In your opinion, what are the three most important challenges facing our state and how do you propose to address them?

REPUBLICAN

David G. Argall

Tamaqua

D.O.B.: 1958

EDUCATION: 1980, Lycoming College B.A.; 1993, Penn State M.A.; 2006, Penn State Ph.D.

OCCUPATION: State Senator; Part-time instructor in public policy for Penn State.

QUALIFICATIONS: 2004 President’s Award, PA Economic Development Association; 2001 Conservation legislator of the year.

RESPONSE: Jobs: We must improve our economic climate by reducing wasteful government spending, reducing taxes, and encouraging existing and new job creators here in Pennsylvania. Property taxes: I have sponsored legislation—at the request of local taxpayers—to eliminate unfair and archaic school district property taxes; this change is long overdue. Welfare reform: I support drug and asset testing of our welfare recipients to ensure that those who receive taxpayer funded aid are truly in need.

DEMOCRAT

Tim Seip

Washington Township

www.seipforsenate.com

EDUCATION: Pottsville Area High School1987, Mansfield University B.A. 1991, Marywood University M.S.W. 2002

OCCUPATION: Kutztown University, full time faculty member; Licensed Social Worker.

QUALIFICATIONS: Pennsylvania House member (2007-2010) representing portions of Berks and Schuykill counties,; 2009 State Social Worker of the Year – NASW-PA; 20 years human services work and social work practice.

RESPONSE: Government reform, campaign finance limits and ending midnight pay raises, needs to pass. Marcellus Shale was miserably mishandled. Enact the bill that Mr. Argall opposed in 2009 & 2010. It proposed $750 million for Marcellus oversight, offsetting the state’s pension deficit, properly funding public education, fixing roads and bridges and saving jobs. It would have also prevented school property tax increases. School property tax on primary homes should be eliminated with my SMART Plan.

 

 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Note: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania rejected last year's redistricting of state legislative districts. Those elected to take office in January 2012 will represent districts that have not changed.

 

State Representatives

Base salary: $82,026

Term: two years

 

Candidates were asked: 

In your opinion, what are the three most important challenges facing our state, and how do you propose to address them?

 

131st District

In Lehigh County: City of Allentown wards 12, 14 (division 1), 16, 19; Borough of Coopersburg; Townships of Lower Milford, Salisbury wards 2, 3, 4, Upper Milford (Western District), Upper Saucon.

In Northampton County: Lower Saucon Township (Seidersville District).

 

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REPUBLICAN

Justin J. Simmons

No response

Democrat

 

Kevin T. Deeley, Jr.

Upper Saucon Township

www.Kevindeelypa.com

D.O.B.: 1976

EDUCATION: B.A. Theatre, Bloomsburg, 1998; B.S. Education, Bloomsburg, 2002

OCCUPATION: High School English Teacher, 10th grade American Literature

QUALIFICATIONS: Public school teacher, 12 years; Board Member, TeenWorks; Founding Member, Lehigh Valley Anti-Gang Initiative.

RESPONSE: Education: Restore funding for early childhood education and pre-k. Expand access to high education and technical training.

Job Creation: Put aside partisan ideology to focus on bringing good jobs back. Ensure job-training resources are available.

Fight for the Middle Class and Small Business: Reduce red tape on small business. Eliminate unfair tax breaks for special interest groups. Reduce taxes for middle class families and small business.

 

132nd District

City of Allentown wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18.

Vote for one

REPUBLICAN

No candidate

Democrat

Michael Schlossberg

Allentown

www.voteschlossberg.com

D.O.B.: 1983

EDUCATION: B.A. (Political Science & Psychology), Muhlenberg College 2001; M.A. (Political Science), Lehigh University, 2005

OCCUPATION: Vice President, Member Relations & Applied Technology, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce & Allentown City Councilman

QUALIFICATIONS: Former aide to Representative Mann and County Executive Cunningham; State-certified Urban Revitalization Specialist

RESPONSE: Creating jobs, improving education and rebuilding our roads and bridges. For jobs, we should create job creation tax credits, enhance funding to programs that train and employ our workforce and reduce taxes on businesses. For education, we must increase funding, particularly distressed districts like Allentown. We should also look to reduce property taxes via tax system reform. For transportation, we have to look at enacting major funding reforms, increasing private-public partnerships and strengthening mass transit.

 

133rd District

In Lehigh County: City of Allentown wards 6, 14 (division 2), 15 (division 1); City of Bethlehem wards 10, 11, 12 (division 1), 13 (division 2); Boroughs of Catasauqua, Coplay, Fountain Hill; Townships of Hanover, Salisbury ward 1, Whitehall Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8. 9.

In Northampton County: City of Bethlehem wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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REPUBLICAN

David Molony

Catasauqua

www.friendofdave.com

D.O.B.: 1953

EDUCATION: William Allen HS 1971; San Francisco College of TCM; Nanjing, PRC, College of TCM North American Academy

OCCUPATION: Oriental Medicine Practitioner

QUALIFICATIONS: Catasauqua Civil Service; State, National and International OM Associations, Vice President; Chair, Legislative Committees of state and national organizations. Passed 3 bills through PA legislature, beginning to Governor signature.

RESPONSE: Non-Federal problems facing Pennsylvania are property taxes, the state employee retirement system, and a sustainable energy policy. We must dramatically change how we presently fund our schools with their ever-rising pension liabilities by ending school property taxes and then realistically finding a new way to deal with our pension crisis statewide. Also, Pennsylvania needs to become the leader in low head hydroelectric power generation developing new jobs as well as community based sustainable affordable energy.

 

Democrat

Daniel McNeill

Whitehall Township

www.mcneillforpa.com

D.O.B.: 1947

EDUCATION: Graduate of Louis E. Dieruff High School, 1965; Pennsylvania National Guard, 1966-1972

OCCUPATION: Special Projects Manager, Lehigh County

QUALIFICATIONS: Laborer/Business Agent, Iron Workers Union Local #36 – 38 Years; Vice President, Lehigh Valley Building Trades – 7 Years; Whitehall Township Commissioner – 6 Years; Whitehall Township Executive – 2 Years

RESPONSE: I believe the three most important challenges facing our state are: sustainable job creation, education, and fiscal responsibility. I believe that we need a balanced approach to addressing these issues, one that focuses on investing and maximizing returns for the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. Working with current elected officials, district residents, and businesspeople, I have developed a five-point plan for a Better Pennsylvania that does exactly that. I will work with my colleagues at the State and Federal level to make this vision a reality.

 

134th District

In Lehigh County: Boroughs of Alburtis, Emmaus, Macungie; Townships of Lower Macungie, Salisbury Ward 5, South Whitehall (district 3, 4, 5), Upper Macungie (district 4), Upper Milford (Eastern District).

Parts of Berks County.

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REPUBLICAN

Ryan E. Mackenzie

South Whitehall Township

www.RyanForPA.com

D.O.B.: 1982

EDUCATION: Graduate, local public schools; Dual degree – Finance and International Business, New York University; Master of Business Administration, Harvard University.

OCCUPATION: State Representative, 134th District.

QUALIFICATIONS: Current State Representative. Former Director of Policy for PA Department of Labor & Industry; helped craft legislation saving taxpayers $120 million/year. Former licensed real estate salesperson.  

RESPONSE: Jobs and economic growth; continued fiscal discipline to protect taxpayers; and focusing spending on priorities like education. These are the concerns I have heard about from the over 10,000 residents I have met. As Representative, I am working to make Pennsylvania an easier place for businesses to settle or grow/create jobs; I support common sense spending reductions that provide savings to combine with other state funds to provide more for education and job creation.

 

Democrat

John Reynard

No response

 

135th District

In Lehigh County: City of Allentown ward 15 (divisions 2, 3, 4); City of Bethlehem wards 12 (division 2), 13 (divisions 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

In Northampton County: City of Bethlehem wards 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17; Bethlehem Township ward 2.

 

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REPUBLICAN

Kenneth R. Barreto

Bethlehem

www.barreto4staterep.com

D.O.B.: 1984

EDUCATION: B.A. in Business Administration, Colorado Technical University, 2011.

OCCUPATION: Corrections Officer

QUALIFICATIONS: U.S. Veteran– Served my country in the U.S. Army for a total of four years, deployed two times to Iraq in support of operation Iraqi freedom. I’m a hard worker, dedicated to improving the lives of those citizens within my community.

RESPONSE: Jobs, I think the state needs to allocate more resources to job creators such as small business owners and entrepreneur. This will help to stimulate our economy and create jobs in Pennsylvania. Concerned with their careers, many career politicians have lost that connection with voters, and have moved now to satisfy the agendas of special interest groups. I think we need new people in office whose main priority is to help improve the lives of everyday Pennsylvanians. Due to recent budget cuts, I would want to see increased funding in our educational system since the recent budget cuts have caused a financial hardship on our school districts.

Democrat

Steve Samuelson

Bethlehem

D.O.B.: 1960

EDUCATION: 1978, Liberty High School; 1986, Lehigh University, B.A. in Government

OCCUPATION: State legislator

QUALIFICATIONS: I am a hands-on legislator with a long record of service to our community, and I am a consistent advocate for reform in Harrisburg.

RESPONSE: An educated workforce is the key to Pennsylvania's future. We must reverse the devastating cuts to education that have occurred in the last two years under Governor Corbett. Investments in K-12 and higher education provide long-term benefits to our state. Transportation needs must be addressed to ensure safe travel and to provide economic opportunities. And Pennsylvania must maintain our commitments to protect environmental resources for present and future generations.

136th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

In Northampton County: City of Easton; Boroughs of Freemansburg, Glendon, Hellertown, and West Easton, Wilson; Townships of Bethlehem wards 3,4 (district 1), Lower Saucon (Hellertown, Leithsville, Lower Saucon, Shimersville and Wassergass districts) and Williams.

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REPUBLICAN

No candidate

DEMOCRAT

Robert Freeman

Easton

D.O.B.: 1956

EDUCATION: 1975, Easton Area High School; 1978, Moravian College, BA History & Political Science, magna cum laude; 1984, Lehigh University, MA History.

OCCUPATION: Legislator

QUALIFICATIONS: State Representative, 1982-1994, 1998-present; Democratic Chairman, House Local Government Committee; authored Elm Street law to revitalize older neighborhoods; expertise in smart growth policies to preserve farmland and revitalize older communities.

RESPONSE: Restore funding for Education Accountability Block Grants to provide flexibility to improve academic performance with tutoring, full-day kindergarten, smaller classes. Restore funding for Higher Education and Human Services. Replace weak impact fee on gas drilling with reasonable drilling tax like other states. Use revenue to protect environment, help local communities with negative impacts, and provide funds for education and human services. Close Delaware Loophole so big corporations like Walmart pay fair share of taxes.

137th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

In Northampton County: Boroughs of Bangor, East Bangor, Nazareth, Portland, Roseto, Stockertown and Tatamy; Townships of Forks, Lower Mt. Bethel, Palmer, Upper Mt. Bethel, Upper Nazareth, and Washington.

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REPUBLICAN

Joe Emrick

Upper Nazareth Township

www.Joeemrick.com

D.O.B.: 1970

EDUCATION: 1989, Bangor High School; 1993, Lycoming College, B.A.; 1999, Kutztown, M. of Education.

OCCUPATION: State Representative - 137th Legislative District.

QUALIFICATIONS: Serving my 1st term as State Representative; Township Supervisor 4 years - Board Chairman 2 years; N.C.R.C. Executive Committee, 4 years; 18 year's as a High school Economics/American Gov't teacher.

RESPONSE: Talking to the thousands of people I represent, their concerns are clear: job creation/economic growth, focusing the budget on priorities like education, and controlling spending. On each of these, my record is clear. I voted to make it easier for businesses to create jobs, closed a $4 billion budget deficit through targeted spending cuts and stood up to Harrisburg politicians to fight for more state funding for our local schools.

DEMOCRAT

Joseph Capozzolo

Bangor

D.O.B.: 1963

EDUCATION: 1981, Pius X High School, Bangor; 1983, attended Moravian College, Bethlehem; currently enrolled at East Stroudsburg University.

OCCUPATION: Vice President of Windjammer Inc., Bangor.

QUALIFICATIONS: Mayor, Bangor Borough, 2002-2010; Council. Northampton County Council, 2009; P.U.C. Consumer Advisory Council, Harrisburg, 2003-2009; Chairman 2005-2006.

RESPONSE: The top two issues the state faces, coincides with the third important issue locally in District #137. Jobs are the top priority. We can create jobs, statewide and locally by addressing the second most important item, aging infrastructure. Our bridges, roads, and underground utilities need immediate attention. These two issues can work together, by fixing our bridges and putting people to work. Third, we need to implement "Smart Growth" planning into our local zoning codes. This local growth control does not stop or inhibit development, but helps direct it to areas where infrastructure already exists.

138th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

In Northampton County: Boroughs of Bath, Chapman, Pen Argyl and Wind Gap; Townships of Bethlehem wards 1, 4 (div. 2), Bushkill, East Allen, Hanover, Lower Nazareth, Moore, and Plainfield.

(vote for one)

REPUBLICAN

Marcia Hahn

Bath

No response

DEMOCRAT

Leslie Altieri

Bethlehem Township

www.LeslieAltieri.com

D.O.B.: 1980

EDUCATION: B.A. Political Science and Sociology-Criminal Justice, Moravian College, 2002; William Tennent High School, 1998

OCCUPATION: Independent sales advisor, LiaSophia; Previously Juvenile Detention officer/counselor.

QUALIFICATIONS: President, Northampton County Council of Democratic Women; elected County Democratic Committee Woman and area Chair. 13 years of political campaign field organizing, management and volunteering.

RESPONSE: I am committed to making our neighborhoods a better place to live in and work. 1. Education: Investing in our children’s future by restoring state funding to our public schools/universities. 2. Creating good paying JOBS: Rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, and repairing our water/sewer systems. 3. Marcellus shale/environment: Enacting a fair tax on the natural gas drilling while making sure we are protecting our wildlife, water, soil and air quality when and where this is taking place.

 

183rd District

In Lehigh County: Borough of Slatington; Townships of South Whitehall (districts 1, 2, 6, 7, 8), Washington and Whitehall (districts 1, 7, 10, 11, 12). In Northampton County: Boroughs of North Catasauqua, Northampton, Walnutport; Townships of Allen, Lehigh.

Vote for one

REPUBLICAN

Julie Harhart

No response

Democrat

No candidate

 

187th District

In Lehigh County: Townships of Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lynn, North Whitehall, Weisenberg, Upper Macungie (districts 1, 2, 3, 5).

Parts of Berks County.

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REPUBLICAN

 

Gary W. Day

No response

Democrat

Joseph M. Haas

Kutztown

http://haas2012.com

D.O.B.: 1981

EDUCATION: B.A. Political Science, Kutztown University

OCCUPATION: Director of User Experience, Grassroots Unwired Inc.

QUALIFICATIONS: Berks County Democratic Committeeman (2010-Present); Extensive managerial experience on local, state, and national campaigns.

RESPONSE: None

Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Ballot Question:

Shall the Charter of Hanover Township be amended to increase the dollar amount of contracts and purchases requiring competitive bids to $18,500, to establish a requirement to solicit multiple price quotes for certain contracts that are more than $10,000 but not subject to competitive bidding, and to adjust such amounts annually by the consumer price index?

Plain English Statement for Referendum to Amend Hanover Township Home Rule Charter

Purpose:

The Charter of Hanover Township requires competitive bidding for certain contracts $10,000 and higher.  In accordance with recent similar changes to the First and Second Class Township and Borough Codes, this amendment would raise that amount to $18,500.  Further, it requires the Township to establish a system to solicit and retain multiple price quotes for certain contracts more than $10,000 that are not subject to competitive bidding.  The amendment would provide for the foregoing dollar amounts to be adjusted annually by the consumer price index through a procedure to be established by the Township Council or by the adoption of such adjustments established and published by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Limitations:

The amendment seeks to raise competitive bidding limitations for certain contracts $10,000 and higher in line with new State laws.  The system to solicit and retain multiple price quotes for certain contracts more than $10,000 that are not subject to competitive bidding is also limited in the same way as provided in the new State laws.

Effects:

The Charter amendment brings the Charter requirements for certain competitive bidding contracts $10,000 and higher in line with State law.  However, the amendment would provide for the dollar amount limitations to be adjusted annually by the consumer price index either through a procedure to be established by the Township Council or by adopting the adjustments established and published by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the new State laws.

 

Allen Township (Northampton County) Ballot Question:

Do you favor the imposition, by Allen Township, of an additional Earned Income Tax at the rate of 0.25% (one quarter of one percent) on an annual basis, for a five (5) year period beginning January 1, 2013, to be used for financing the acquisition, preservation, and conservation of open space; for the purpose of acquiring agricultural conservation and forest easements; for the purpose of protecting and preserving recreation or historic lands; for the purpose of protecting and conserving natural and scenic resources, and for the purpose of paying the attendant costs associated with such actions.