Running For: Upper Saucon Board of Supervisors
Residence: Upper Saucon
How Long have you lived there: 13 years
Education: Graduate Lehigh University-1976- BA Government; Graduate Thomas Cooley Law School-1980- Juris Doctorate
Profession/Work Experience: Lawyer/Businessman
Have you held an elected position before: Yes
How long have you held the position: 3+ years, Board of Supervisors, Lower Saucon
Committees served on: Board of Directors-Artsquest, Past Board of Directors- Thomas Cooley School of Law, Board of Directors-multiple companies in the region
Why are you running? The major issue is runaway spending. With Lehigh County pursuing a countywide property reassessment, tax burdens will likely increase. Cost containment starts at the local level. Government exists to serve its people, not burden them with excessive costs.
If elected, what would you like to accomplish? Existing government policy needs to change and if elected, I will work to change wasteful policy.
Vision for the Future of the Township:
There’s a lot of nice area in the township. It seems appropriate to maintain a reasonable level of open space within the township.
Collaborating with the School Board:
I think it’s very, very important that local government interacts in a very meaningful way with the school board. It’s easy to lay policy on a school board that binds their hands. I think that a lot of the problems that end up in the school district’s hands you don’t have any choice about because it’s directed or governed by local governmental policy. I think clearing that away is incredibly important.
Township Employee Pay Raises:
I’m of the opinion that it’s a larger question. The larger question is, is there bloat within a governmental body itself? If so, I think that needs to be looked at. I don’t know what the salary levels are within this community. I know that there are expenditures that I think are out of line. I think the question needs to be viewed in a broader way. Do I think that anyone is exempt from marketplace conditions? I don’t think they are. I know that we represent a number of businesses and a number of people throughout the region here, and policies and procedures that affect people. It’s easy to talk from 30,000 feet away about jobs and the rest of it, but it really hits home when you’re the one who gets the pink slip. When you get the pink slip it has a different meaning to you. So, I think that when that occurs people become less tolerant of waste. And I’m about eliminating waste.
How many township supervisors meetings have you attended in the past yr?
I don’t recall.
What is the annual township budget?
I don’t recall.
Have you ever filed any legal action against the township?
I’m a lawyer, so I live in a world of lawsuits and litigation, so sure I’ve been involved in litigation throughout the region. I don’t have a law firm in Upper Saucon Township. I don’t have any litigation pending with Upper Saucon Township at this time.
Do any of the candidates have land investments? Would this cause any issues, and if so would you recuse yourself?
I have land that I own in this township that’s in addition to my home. But if a conflict arises you recuse yourself. That’s common sense I would think.