Incumbents, Newcomers Winners in L. Saucon Council Primaries

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A combination of incumbents and political newcomers were winners in the Democratic and Republican primary elections for three four-year seats on Lower Saucon Township Council that will be open in November, according to unofficial results posted on the Northampton County elections website late Tuesday. On the Democratic ballot, incumbents Priscilla deLeon and David Willard were the top vote-getters, with deLeon receiving 487 votes (39.24 percent) and Willard receiving 382 votes (30.78 percent), according to the unofficial vote totals from the township’s eight precincts. Political newcomer Gary Gorman was the third-place finisher on the Democratic ballot with 323 votes (26.03 percent). Gorman, deLeon and Willard will appear on the November ballot. On the Republican ballot, the top three vote-getters were former councilwoman Sandra Yerger with 468 votes (28.21 percent), incumbent council vice president Tom Maxfield with 441 votes (26.58 percent) and township landfill committee member Donna Louder with 394 votes (23.75 percent).

3 L. Saucon Council Candidates Supported by PAC That Received $20K Landfill Donation

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Note: This story has been updated with additional information. Three Lower Saucon Township Council candidates are the indirect beneficiaries of more than $20,000 in cash and in-kind contributions made by IESI Bethlehem Landfill to a recently-formed Political Action Committee (PAC) called Responsible Solutions for Pennsylvania, according to paperwork filed with the Northampton County Voter Registration Office and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The PAC–which states on its website that it is supporting Republican candidates Tom Maxfield (I), Sandra Yerger and Bill Ross for their “smart fiscal leadership”–received a $20,000 contribution from IESI Corporation and a $500 contribution from IESI NY Corporation in the form of in-kind services provided by Andrew Moss, an attorney who works in Business Development and Government Affairs for Progressive Waste Solutions, according to his LinkedIn profile. Progressive Waste Solutions is the Canadian parent company of IESI, which owns IESI Bethlehem Landfill in Lower Saucon Township. IESI has been actively developing expansion plans for its Lower Saucon facility for more than three years, in hopes of extending its lifespan as it nears its capacity.

Lower Saucon Township Council: A Primary Election Voter’s Guide

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In the May 19 primary election for three Lower Saucon Township Council seats, three candidates will appear on the Democratic ballot and four candidates will appear on the Republican ballot. The Republican candidates are incumbent Tom Maxfield, Donna Louder, Sandra Yerger and Bill Ross. The Democratic candidates are incumbents Priscilla deLeon and David Willard, and Gary Gorman. Saucon Source requested that each candidate submit a position statement that includes information about about why they’re running for office along with information about their background, educational/professional experience, involvement in community affairs and volunteer experience. Each candidate was also asked to answer this question: What do you believe is the most important issue facing Lower Saucon Township, and how do you plan to address it if elected?