Louder, Yerger, deLeon Winners in Township Council Race

According to unofficial election results posted online by WFMZ-TV Channel 69 News Tuesday night, with all eight precincts reporting their vote totals the three winners in a hotly-contested, six-way race for three open seats on Lower Saucon Township are Republican challenger Donna Louder with 1,237 votes, Republican challenger and former township councilwoman Sandra Yerger with 1,162 votes, and Democratic incumbent Priscilla deLeon with 1,148 votes. DeLeon, who has served on council for 28 years, is holding on to her council seat by a razor-thin margin of just seven votes which separate her from the fourth-place finisher in the race–Republican incumbent and current council vice president Tom Maxfield–who has received 1,141 votes, according to the news station’s unofficial results. The fifth and sixth place finishers are David Willard (D-I), with 1,061 votes, and Gary Gorman (D), with 769 votes, according to the news channel. The unofficial results posted on Northampton County’s Elections website were lagging behind those posted by the television news station all evening, with just 50 percent of precincts’ vote totals reported as of 11 p.m.

By 11:30 p.m., however, the county was reporting vote totals from 100 percent of precincts with a slight difference in the numbers reported by WFMZ–but the same results. According to the county’s results, Louder received 1,244 votes (18.89 percent), Yerger received 1,176 votes (17.86 percent), deLeon received 1,157 votes (17.57 percent), Maxfield received 1,154 votes (17.52 percent), Willard received 1,069 votes (16.23 percent) and Gorman received 775 votes (11.77 percent), with 10 votes (.15 percent) cast for write-in candidates.

Letter: Landfill Using ‘Scare Tactics’ to Influence Election, Candidate Says

Note: To submit a letter to the editor please email it to josh@sauconsource.com with “Letter” in the subject line. Letters should be about local issues of general concern. When I ran for Lower Saucon Township Council in 2011, I ran as both a Democrat (my party affiliation) and a Republican. I have taken my council responsibilities to protect the health and welfare of township residents very seriously. I have listened to residents and business owners, kept myself informed and acted in the best interest of the community.

Know the Candidates: 2015 Lower Saucon Township Council Race

The following unedited* responses–listed in alphabetical order by last name–were submitted by the six candidates for three four-year seats on Lower Saucon Township Council. All candidates were given an opportunity to respond to the same questions and to provide a closing statement to help voters better understand their views. Candidates were also provided an opportunity to submit a photo. Please note: Where emphasis is included in the answers below, it was added by the candidates themselves. An (I) after a name denotes an incumbent. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov.

L. Saucon Council’s Land Purchase Rankles Resident

Lower Saucon Township Council voted 4-0 Wednesday to purchase a 76-acre parcel off Easton Road called the Benner/Whitmore property for $300,000, to preserve it as open space and open it up for eventual use by the public, but the decision wasn’t met with universal praise at the meeting. The property–which already had a conservation easement on it–is adjacent to the former Woodland Hills Golf Course that was purchased and preserved by the township last year. The golf course land is now known as Woodland Hills Preserve, and is in the process of being transformed into a passive recreation area. At Wednesday night’s meeting, council reviewed a map of proposed walking trails throughout the preserve and a parking area off Countryside Lane that will accommodate 10 to 12 cars. The preserve will have grassy outer and inner trails, with the former being 2.4 miles long and the latter being 1.1 miles long, according to the map.

Incumbents, Newcomers Winners in L. Saucon Council Primaries

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).

Residents Say They’re Sick of Steel City ‘Stench’

Several Steel City residents chided Lower Saucon Township Council members and officials for spending money on long-planned improvements to their neighborhood park, which they say is virtually unusable due to a bad odor that’s become pervasive in the area. The comments were made at council’s March 18 meeting, and provoked a discussion about the odor, which has been a frequent topic of conversation and under investigation in recent months. “Who is going to go to the park when you can’t even go outside…?” resident Sonja Miller asked council. “You have this stench,” she said. “It makes no sense—especially with the park.