Adam Waldron for Bethlehem City Council

Lynn Olanoff reports:

Adam Waldron, 28, a Democrat, said he believes his small business acumen would serve him well on council. He started his residential painting company to fund his business management degree from West Chester University and his parents are the former owners of Balloons for all Occasions in Allentown.

“Bethlehem needs strong independent businesses to be the keystone of its neighborhoods,” Waldron said in a news release. “My fresh perspective and small business background would be a great asset on council as the city continues to grow.”

Waldron said he would be an advocate for clean and safe neighborhoods and believes Bethlehem needs accessible and efficient city services while still being financially accountable.

The dream slate at this point has to be Karen Dolan, Adam Waldron, Chris Morales and Bryan Callahan. There are now 5 choices easily better than Eric Evans running for 4 seats. If Todd Dietrich, Basilio Bonilla or Cathy Frankenberg decided to get in I would have to consider reordering my choices.


  1. Don’t know him, but the fact that he knows the challenges of running a business, worked through school instead of being a leech and got a degree with value instead of one of those worthless ones that teach you how to “think” all speak highly of him.

    • I can’t believe I’m saying this John, but I actually agree with you.

      • Welcome to the dark side!

        • Jon Geeting says:

          Business vs academia culture war aside, I do think cities could do with many fewer small business regulations, which often seem to serve more of an anti-competitive purpose than anything else. A business owner who was inclined to push back on this could be a great resource for helping create a pro-entrepreneurship, pro-competition regulatory regime. That’s why I’m pulling for Chris Morales. But too often the question business people who get into politics ask themselves is “what would help me as an incumbent business owner” rather than “what would help me if I were starting a new business in this city?”

      • Jon Geeting says:

        I’d welcome more small business people in government for sure. Don’t think business experience gives you any special insight into economic policy though. Nobody proposes having successful Mayors run major companies, and I don’t see why the reverse would be any more intuitive. The skill set for running a business is not the same skill set for making good public policy. Business people often like to flatter themselves and mock the idea that policy expertise is important, but of course it is.

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