Democrats on your Ballot Nov. 5th

See the entire list of candidates at Lehigh County’s website.

The General Election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 5th!

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge

With working class roots, Amanda Green-Hawkins went to public school, earned her BA at Duke University, and worked three jobs to put herself through Northeastern University School of Law. She clerked for IUE workers in California to defend immigrant women against unsafe working conditions, battled companies on behalf of United Steelworkers’ employee pensions, and has served on many community boards around Pittsburgh. She was also a member of the Election Protection team during the 2008 and 2012 elections and has taken on many pro bono cases in her legal career.

Presently a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge, Daniel McCaffery joined the army at 18, was chosen to attend West Point, then graduated Temple and Temple University Law School. He has been a civil trial attorney and an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia. He was elected in 2013 and has since presided over 100 jury trials and thousands of bench trials.

Lehigh County Commissioner-at-Large

After passing the PA Bar Exam, Dave Harrington began work as an Immigration Attorney, where he helps people from across the world get status in the United States. This rewarding job gives him the privilege of learning from people around the world about their lives, home countries, and experiences. He is running for commissioner because he sees a need in our county for a government that is focused on people first.

A Mechanical Engineer who worked on space shuttle components, created and directed two Lehigh Valley manufacturing businesses, and has over 15 years on the Weisenberg Township Zoning Hearing Board, Bob Elbich is also volunteer with Red Cross, Harrison-Morton Middle School, New Tripoli Volunteer Fire Company and Weisenberg Volunteer Fire Company. He is also presently on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.

A Fordham University graduate, Zakiya Smalls runs a successful Lehigh Valley business, J&Z Professional Services. Her clients include St. Luke’s Health Networks, Allentown Art Museum, Connoisseur Media (local radio stations like 99.9 The Hawk) and East Stroudsburg University. She also belongs to the Lehigh Valley Health Network Board of Associates, the African American Business Leaders Council for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Allentown and CREW Lehigh Valley.

Presently a Commissioner At-large who took office in January 2016, Dan Hartzell retired in September 2014 after more than 38 years as a reporter and columnist for The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown. Dan wrote the ‘Road Warrior’ question-and-answer column on traffic and transportation issues during his last 12 years at the paper. A lifelong Lehigh Valley resident, Dan is a Whitehall High School alumnus and a 1973 Kutztown University graduate with a B.A. in English.

Lehigh County Controller

A resident of South Whitehall where he lives with his wife and two children, Mark Pinsley has made his name as co-owner of DermaMed Solutions. He has an BSBA in Finance from Northeastern University as well as an MBA from Indiana University. He is a committed volunteer in his community and a founding member of United for America. He is passionate about working with people from every end of the political spectrum to solve our most pressing problems.

Clerk of Judicial Records

Andrea Naugle was first elected as clerk of courts in 1995. There have been changes in the job but she has evolved the office with advances in technology to provide greater accessibility to the public. She was unopposed in her last two runs for the position. In addition to her professional responsibilities, she’s an officer in the Allentown Northeast Kiwanis Club and a board member of the Lehigh County Employee’s Federal Credit Union.

Lehigh County Coroner

Presently First Deputy Coroner under Scott Grim, who is stepping down, Eric Minnich has worked his way up from beginning as an EMT and paramedic to overseeing daily operations in the Coroner’s office. He has worked with several local school districts in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) programs. He has also worked side by side with the staff at several major incidents, such as the recent car explosion in Allentown. He resides in Schnecksville with his wife and three girls.

Emmaus Borough Council

A 27-year resident of Emmaus, Teri Sorg McManamon is an active volunteer. She has fostered trusted, qualified relationships throughout Emmaus through leadership roles for the Emmaus 2009 Anniversary Celebration Committee, Emmaus Arts Commission/SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival, Emmaus Historical Society and Emmaus Main Street Partners. She is presently serving a 2-year appointment on Emmaus Borough Council.

A life long Lehigh Valley native, Jim Kercher grew up in Macungie. He and his wife have been Emmaus residents for the last 9 years. He currently works as Regional Manager for a global logistics supply organization. He believes balancing the growth of Emmaus while maintaining its small-town feel is crucial. Also, he believes improved transparency and feedback when making decisions will benefit the residents of the borough.

John Hart

Presently on Emmaus Borough Council, John Hart was appointed this year when a resignation created a vacancy. He is a retiree from LVHN where he was senior VP of Medical Operations and as well serves on the Emmaus Board of Health. He has two masters degrees, one from Notre Dame and a second from Kutztown. He believes the borough needs increased communication between Council and residents and favors innovative funding with local businesses to improve parks and playgrounds.

East Penn School District

Do not vote for Diane Schaffer! She is an EXTREME Republican!

A Macungie resident, Allan Byrd was seated on the East Penn School Board last year to replace outgoing president Alan Earnshaw. He is a retiree from a career in engineering at Alcan, an aluminum manufacturing company. He praised public education and said he wants to push the East Penn community to keep innovating their high-achieving schools. He is running for a four-year term.

A chemical engineer and ESPD parent with two children in school, Josh Levinson of Zionsville, a Ph.D, was a himself a product of public schools. He has taught in the chemical engineering department at Lafayette College. He currently works for OEM Group, a semiconductor capital equipment manufacturer in Coopersburg. Serving as an appointee to the East Penn School Board since last year, Levinson believes that East Penn is overall a well-run school district and is proud to be able to contribute to this success. Levinson seeks to advocate for educational opportunities for students, for good governance within the District, and for efficient use of resources.  He is running for a four-year term.

Being a parent at both the traditional and charter schools in the East Penn District allows Naomi Winch to bring a unique perspective to a district that prides itself on excellence in education. Her experiences give her the ability to be a liaison between residents and schools as well as support the need for education to evolve in order to prepare our children to become part of a global society. Hers is a two-year term.