Election Day marked the start of a new era in Hellertown politics as voters turned out to elect businessman and civic leader David Heintzelman mayor.
According to unofficial results from Northampton County’s Office of Voter Registration, Heintzelman received a total of 797 votes in Tuesday’s election, with five additional votes cast for write-in candidates.
The prominent borough funeral home owner ran unopposed as a Democrat in the election to replace current Mayor Richard Fluck–also a Democrat–who is retiring this year after serving five four-year terms in office.
Heintzelman’s name recognition in the community is extensive and stems from his business ownership as well as his involvement in numerous events and causes that are well-known to many Hellertonians.
In addition to chairing the annual Saucon Valley Spirit Parade committee, he has served as president of the Hellertown Lions Club and as an appointed member of the Northampton County County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority.
Heintzelman is a member of First United Church of Christ, Hellertown, and American Legion Riders Post 397, Hellertown. He is a Master Mason at New Temple Lodge #720, Allentown, past president of Saucon Valley Music Connection, and was also a recipient of the Saucon Valley Education Association’s Friend of Education Award for support of excellent communication between Saucon Valley schools and the community.
In other borough election news, two current members and two newcomers were elected to serve four-year terms on borough council.
Incumbent council president Tom Rieger (D) was the top vote-getter Tuesday, receiving 750 votes.
Newcomer Kevin Lott (D) received 736 votes, newcomer Gilbert Stauffer (D) received 512 votes and incumbent James W. Hill (D) received 510 votes.
Three write-in votes were also cast in the council race.
Editor’s Note: Heintzelman Funeral Home is the sponsor of the obituary section on Saucon Source.