Your Lehigh County Republican Candidates
"A native of Lehigh County, Amanda Holt is best known for her efforts on state redistricting, which eventually led her to a historic victory before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012. Commissioner Holt is employed as a piano teacher and data processor. A caring and concerned member of her community, she continues her nearly 20 year work as a weekly volunteer with children and nursing home residents."
"In 2012, she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Patriot News and was honored by American Association of the University of Women (AAUW) with their Impact Award. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Public Service Achievement Award from Common Cause and received a Key to the City from West Chester, Pennsylvania in appreciation for her work in redistricting. Amanda Holt was appointed to fill a Commissioner-at-Large vacancy in July 2014."
"A life-long resident of the Lehigh Valley, Brad has been the Plant Manager for GEO Specialty Chemicals, a South Whitehall Township manufacturer of unique chemicals for the paints and coating industry, since 2005."
"Prior to joining GEO Specialty Chemicals, Brad was sole proprietor of Petroleum Distribution Service (PDS), a nationally recognized firm offering air pollution control compliance service for Fortune 50 oil companies. In this capacity, he also earned an improvement patent in the design of gasoline vapor recovery systems."
"Brad served on the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners from 2005-2012, during which time he served as president of the Board for three years. He is past Chair of the Lehigh Valley Engineering Council, past Chair of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and graduate of the Lehigh University Manufacturing Leadership Institute."
"Brad was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners in 2012, served as Chairman in his first year on the board and elected Chairman again in 2015."
"He has served on the Board of Directors for The Allentown Rescue Mission and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, is currently a board member of the DaVinci Science Center, the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society and the Lehigh County General Purpose Authority. Brad takes special interest in his role on the advisory board for ARCH of Lehigh Valley, a center that provides comprehensive services to individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders."
"Brad holds a B.S.in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He and his wife Janice have resided in South Whitehall for 26 years."
"Vic Mazziotti took office as a Commissioner-at-Large in January, 2012, shortly after retiring as Director of Fiscal Affairs for Northampton County – a position he held for five years."
"Commissioner Mazziotti’s government service also includes three years as Director of Finance for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to his tenure in local government, he held a number of positions with three software companies over the course of 25 years."
"Commissioner Mazziotti holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a graduate degree of Master of Public Administration. He is a Registered Investment Advisor and licensed by the SEC with Series 6, 63 and 65 licenses."
"He and his wife, Josephine, have two children – Candi who teaches school in the Fleetwood area and a son Mark who is a physician living in Houston, Texas. Commissioner Mazziotti and his wife have lived in Allentown for more than 30 years. They attend the Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena."
"Nothstein had an unwavering commitment to Lehigh County. He never relocated for training, carrying out his "Rocky Balboa" type training in the Lehigh Valley. He proved that everything that is necessary for Olympic success was available here. Nothstein truly epitomizes the best "end result" of Lehigh County, the Velodrome and its Community Cycling Programs. The Emmaus graduate retired from professional cycling in 2006."
Lehigh County: Glenn Eckhart
Born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, Glenn got his start on the Salisbury Township board of commissioners where he served for 6 years and cut taxes twice. He then served for 6 years on the Lehigh County board of County Commissioners before becoming County Controller. Glenn's accomplishments include fighting for an additional tier in the county pension system that will save millions of taxpayer dollars in coming years, lowering expenses in the controller's office to the lowest level in years, and has consistently been a strong voice for much needed fiscal responsibility throughout the county.
Allentown: Steven Ramos
Steven Ramos served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1994-1998 and PA Air National Guard from 1998-2000. He believes in volunteerism and has been a volunteer for several Republican Party committees and campaigns since the year 2000, served as Poll Watcher and Anti-Fraud Monitor in Philadelphia, participated in Voter Registration Drive, served on the Community Police Partnership team while a resident of West Chester, PA, served as a board member of the Latino Leadership Alliance (Lehigh County), and assists neighborhood associations. He served as the Executive Director for the Lehigh County Republican Committee (2010) and serves as the Area Captain for Allentown. He currently serves as elder candidate of Lighthouse Bible Fellowship church in South Allentown.
In his 35 years of public service, Joe Hanna has collected a wealth of experience. Beginning as an Allentown police officer and eventually working his way up to Allentown Chief of Police. He has also served as County Detective, Director of Training at the Allentown Police Academy, Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division, and many other posts. In his long career in law-enforcement Joe has received such honors as the Allentown Crime Watch Police Officer of the Year and the Colonel John K. Schafer award for professional excellence. As Sheriff, Joe plans to "achieve a balance between enforcement and security needs, while developing innovative policies and procedures to streamline costs, increase efficiencies, and secure alternative funding sources to offset operation expenditures."
A longtime resident of the Lehigh Valley, Scott Armstrong has devoted countless hours over the years to helping our local Republican candidates and voicing the concerns of his community. In his time on the Allentown School Board, Mr. Armstrong has stood up against the special interests in our schools that make everything from teaching students to balancing budgets infinitely more difficult. Scott has also fought tirelessly to provide a voice to the increasingly overburdened Allentown taxpayers, passionately arguing for much needed pension reform from the state, and taking on teacher's union special interests who are leading the fight for higher taxes.
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Teaching children has been a great and fulfilling part of my life and being in the business world has focused my thoughts on how important education is for our children and the future of our country. Because of the importance of education in my life, I have been attending the School Board meetings for over three years. I now believe it’s time for me to be more than a watchdog/spectator. I wish to serve the children, parents, and taxpayers of East Penn as their representative on the School Board. With your support, I look forward to representing you and together we will work to ensure the children of our community receive the best education we can provide.
As a parent of three children spread over ten years, I have seen what I believe is a decline in the quality of public education. From No Child Left Behind to Common Core, from unfair practices like automatic collection of union dues to exorbitant teachers contracts negotiated in a cloak of secrecy, I am an advocate for a brighter future for our children and our community as a whole. I have been attending school board meetings the last few years to keep my finger on the pulse of the school district. I have spoken publicly to the school board several times regarding topics affecting our community; topics shared by and with my neighbors. Also, I write to my elected officials to share a perspective on bills and policies affecting public education.
I am running for School Board with a sincere desire to give back to his community. I want to bring a sense of balance to the School Board that will allow parents, teachers, and taxpayers alike to have a greater voice in the operations of the School