Incumbents Tara Zrinski, Lower Saucon Township resident and county council president Lori Vargo Heffner and Ron Heckman were among the top five vote-getters in the race.
The other two winners were Republican challengers John P. Goffredo and John Brown.
Democratic incumbent and current council vice president William McGee failed in his effort to win another term on the nine-member council, finishing last among the 10 candidates who competed for five open seats.
Also coming up short were Democratic newcomer Patti Bruno and Republican challengers Nicole Romanishan, Kristin Lorah Soldridge and Annamarie T. Robertone, according to the unofficial results.
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure also fended off a challenge by Republican Steve Lynch to win another term as executive. Lynch drew both local and national attention in August with a controversial statement about bringing “20 strong men” to a Northampton Area School Board meeting to protest a district mask mandate in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the county’s unofficial results, McClure captured approximately 55.9 percent of the vote compared to Lynch’s 43.9 percent, with 88.8 percent of Lynch’s votes were cast on Election Day compared to 51.3 percent of McClure’s votes; a statistic that reflects the ongoing cultural and party divide over voting by mail that began in 2020.
Among the winners of county council seats, Zrinski was the top vote-getter, followed by Heffner, Goffredo, Heckman and Brown, according to the unofficial county results.
Heffner chairs council’s governance committee, while Heckman chairs its human services and personnel committees.
ADDITIONAL LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS
- Hellertown Borough Council (2 races)
- Lower Saucon Township Council (2 races)
- Magisterial District Judge for Fountain Hill and West Bethlehem
- Saucon Valley School Board
- Southern Lehigh School Board
The results from Tuesday’s election–in which a significant minority of residents voted by mail–won’t be official until they are certified at the county level, which typically takes about two weeks to occur.
Voter turnout county-wide was reported at 32.2 percent.
For more information about Northampton County Council and county government, visit NorthamptonCounty.org.