Keep Moving Forward

Thank you to everyone who took the time yesterday to come out and vote. I’ve had a number of people ask me what I think about the election results and while I didn’t win the election, it doesn’t mean that the city has to lose. I didn’t enter the race because I was seeking a personal victory. I did it because I want to see Bethlehem prosper. After what I’ve seen in these past few weeks, I believe it will.

You’ve shared your hopes, dreams, criticisms and ideas for how we can take a great city to the next level. Just because the election is over doesn’t mean that energy needs to stop. I encourage you to take those ideas and act on them. Get out in the community. Volunteer. Attend city council meetings. Interact with your elected officials and city employees. They’re there to serve you and they want to hear from you.

Thank you again for your support and let’s take all of the positive energy that I’ve felt from you and use it to keep Bethlehem moving forward.

How To Write In A Candidate

When you go to your polling place tomorrow and are ready to vote, depending on which county you live in, the instructions for how to write in a candidate are slightly different. Below I’ve listed the instructions from the Lehigh and Northampton County websites.

If you live in Northampton County

  1. Press the Write-In Square for the chosen office.
  2. The arrow will flash. The arrow will continue flashing until the write-in is complete or until the square is pressed a second time to deselect the write-in.
  3. Using the write-in keypad below the ballot, key in the name you wish to write-in. You will see the letters appear in the window to the left of the keypad.
  4. If you make an error on a write-in, press the left arrow key to move back. To make a space, press the right arrow key.
  5. When you are finished keying the name, press Enter on the write-in keypad.

If you live in Lehigh County

  1. Touch the check box beside Write-In
  2. A touch keyboard appears on the screen
  3. Type in the candidates name exactly as it should appear
  4. Touch the Record Write-In button to record this candidate, or touch the Cancel button to return to the ballot without recording a candidate’s name.

Encouraging Small Business Development

I was fortune enough to get outside and enjoy the lovely weather this weekend. As I rode my bike through our two downtown areas I was encouraged by all of the activity I saw. With shops and restaurants buzzing it’s clear that times are good in Bethlehem, but we can do better.

As a city we’ve been devoting a lot of our attention to the former Bethlehem Steel land, as well as Third and Main Streets, but Bethlehem exists beyond our two main downtown areas. I’d like to see us reexamine our ordinances to remove the barriers to opening businesses in town.

There’s so much opportunity on Broad Street, or Linden or Fourth, just to name a few, but after talking with some small business owners who would like to set up shop, we’ve got to address our outdated regulations that are keeping us from getting to where we should be.

Yes, we need to continue to develop the area near the Steel, but let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture. Small business is the heart of our city and we need to encourage and support it just as much as we do the major developers.