Rich Wilkins on the Bethlehem Mayor race:
Another major primary that may effect other races is happening in Bethlehem- Callahan’s city. The race for Council will likely be contested in the primary. The race for Mayor is turning into the most interesting race in the Valley. City Council members Willie Reynolds and Bob Donchez are in fact going to have their primary in May. The race is being described by people in the know as “money and establishment endorsements against the OFA volunteer base and people going door to door virtually everywhere.” Reynolds is running hard with his upstart operation, opening and office and packing hotel ball rooms with crowds that aren’t the normal elders of the party patting each other on the back. Willie’s trying to get young people engaged in his race, and from what I’ve seen at his events, he is doing it. With that all said, Donchez has finished first in his council races plenty of times, and has lots of fans in town. The race is likely to spike Bethlehem turnout way up. While it has no effect on Northampton County, it’s also worth noting on the Bethlehem races that West Bethlehem has a County Commissioner’s primary in Lehigh County that also may drive up turnout as well.