Well its time to Elect a New Chairman for the Lehigh County Commissioners. Dean Browning was Chair this year with Danial McCarthy as Vice Chair.
I know that Dean would like to be Chair again. I don't know if that will happen. He has lost support from not only the Democrats but, from most of the Republicans also. Percy Dougherty would like to be Chair again. Nah. He and Gloria Hamm voted against changing the role of commissioners being on the Boards of “County Leeches”. The “Quality of Life” people, that will suck every last dime, from the tax payers if they could. Over the past year Dean has played the middle. It would seem that he sets up the vote, so that he, has the deciding vote. A lot of votes are (4-4) with the deciding vote, in may cases, with him going against his party. Not that voting with your Party or not, is a deal breaker, but this happens enough times for me to notice. In fact, I wait for it now. I almost know what he going to do before he votes. This seems like a power play. I could be wrong.
My choice, would be William Hensel.
Yes he is a Democrat, and yes I almost never agree with Bill.
Yes. he never saw a project that he didn't want to spend money on.
Yes he believes that the private sector is getting raises in this economy.
Yes, he has been in government all his life.
Yes, he believes that the government needs to fix all the problems and only government can do so.
No, he has no political future to worry about. Unlike Dean
No, he is not afraid to take on the administration and would hold them to account.
No, we can't expect him to vote any differently, then he has in the past.
Yes ,we can expect him to be diligent in his pursuit of finding what needs to be cut from the budget.
Yes, he will work hard to get everyone involved in the budget.
Yes, he has integrity and would not let any outside influences, influence him.
No, he would not vote on anything, that he was directly involved in, outside of his office.
Plain and simple. Bill is an Honest man. He believes what he believes. I'm working on that. I don't think I'll make much progress, but I'm trying.
My first choice for Vice Chair would be Glenn Eckhart next would be Andy Roman.
I have nothing to do with who gets chosen for these positions, but thought you might like my perspective.