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Six Candidates Vie for Four Seats on Macungie Council

Three are four-year seats. The other is for a two-year term.

It’s hard to explain what’s happened in Macungie Borough politics, but one council candidate took a shot at it.

“I was on borough council a few years ago, and I used to call Macungie another ‘Mayberry RFD,’ ’’ said Linn Walker, who was born in 1942 and has worked at local high-tech companies all his career.

“People used to give me a hard time, saying it was more exciting here than in Mayberry. Well it would be nice if we could get back to Mayberry now.’’

In the last couple of years, Macungie has been more like “Blazing Saddles.”

Here’s just a taste of it in recent months:

*Macungie Police Chief Edward Harry Jr. was given the OK to live in Hazleton, four years after he was hired.

* Five borough council members wrote a letter backing police Chief Harry -- and not Mayor Rick Hoffman.

*  Macungie may need to raise property taxes 17 percent  to close a large budget gap.

Debra A. Cope, born in 1957, is the only candidate for Macungie Borough Council to be on both the Democratic and Republican ticket thanks to a strong showing in the primary. She’s running for one of three seats in a four-year term in the Nov. 8 general election.

“The major issue facing the borough is the ongoing conflict between the mayor, council and the police department,“ she told the League of Women Voters. “It’s like we’re frozen in time and can’t move forward…’’

Guy Ramsey, the current council president is a Democrat who would like to see more competition for his council spot.

Ramsey, born in 1954, works at R&D Circuits Assembly in Allentown, and says he like to see more qualified people interested in improving Macungie. He‘s in his fourth year with council.

Christopher T. Becker, who didn’t disclose his birth date, has been a professional estimator for 30 years.
A Republican, he has been a member of the township zoning board and of the Macungie sidewalk ordinance committee. He’s running for a four-year term.

Gregory A. Hutchison, a Republican,  was born in 1949 and graduated from Emmaus High. He’s worked at Knoll, and was on the township zoning board for 20 years. He’s running for a four-year term.

Walker is a Republican running for a two-year term on the council. He graduated from Milton Hershey School and has been employed at Air Products and Chemicals, Buckeye Partners and Acme Cryogenics.

Kim Sherr, born in 1968 and a Republican, is assistant director of planning and project management for Moravian College. She is currently studying for an MBA at the college and is a write-in candidate for a two-year term.

atthebeach November 08, 2011 at 12:04 AM
I feel that it was wrong of the council to give the police chief special privilege of living in Hazleton, for that alone I would like to vote those members out of office. They seem to give this chief whatever he wants.
David November 08, 2011 at 02:37 PM
I find it interesting that you have a problem with where the chief lives. Are you aware that not only has he never missed a day of work but that he is in the office at least 30 minutes before his shift starts? That he has always been there in an emergency? That even during the worst snow storms he not only arrives for work a minimum of ONE HOUR before his shift begins, but has made it in when boro employees who live IN the boro did not come in due to the weather? That he has come in to cover shifts when other officers called out sick, etc? It is also interesting that Mr. Walker makes this an issue when he was on council when the chief was hired as well as having voted to allow him to continue to live where he was after his first year was up. No wonder he doesn't want to move here. Who would with the nonsense he has had to endure.

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