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.
Thank you to everyone who has shown your support and shared your spirit of hope for the future of our great city. Now it’s time to act. Find your polling place, bring a friend or neighbor, and vote. The polls are open from 7am through 8pm. Let’s keep moving Bethlehem forward.
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
- Press the Write-In Square for the chosen office.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When you are finished keying the name, press Enter on the write-in keypad.
If you live in Lehigh County
- Touch the check box beside Write-In
- A touch keyboard appears on the screen
- Type in the candidates name exactly as it should appear
- 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.
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.
On Facebook Laura asked:
So this just came up in a group I follow that there are only democratic candidates in Bethlehem so this individual doesn’t vote… one of the important issues to this group as a whole is 2nd ammendment rights…what are your views on 2A with your run for mayor?
To answer that I think it’s a good idea to look into exactly what the Second Amendment says.
The Second Amendment states:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
OK, so what’s a militia?
The United States Militia Code states:
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
Based on the way the militia code is written, I believe that the spirit of it is to say that our militia is comprised of formal military groups like the National Guard and Naval Militia as well as “everyone else.” The Bill of Rights was created to protect the rights of individuals, and since everyone is essentially a member of the militia, I believe that the spirit of the Second Amendment is to say that every individual has the right to bear arms.
A gun is dangerous if you aren’t trained on how to use one, but driving a car is also dangerous if you aren’t taught how to drive. I believe that every citizen has the right to be a responsible gun owner and that the Second Amendment should be defended as we defend all other civil liberties.