Lynn Olanoff has the update. Waldron is now up 70 votes. If this holds once the broken voting machine’s votes are counted, there will be a 5-member governing majority of progressives on Bethlehem City Council. When Bob Donchez gives up his seat to become Mayor, there will be an opportunity to replace Donchez with another progressive member.
Let me just preempt a silly idea that might surface: that Lump Sanders is entitled to the seat because he placed 5th in the election. An appointment is just that – an appointment. The majority is not obligated to appoint anyone other than who they subjectively feel is the most impressive candidate they interview. It should be someone who reflects the governing majority’s views on politics and policy. Bethlehem City Council could potentially have a 6-1 progressive majority, with Eric Evans politically isolated, and Bob Donchez playing a substantially weakened role as Mayor.