Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Narrow Victory

Democrat Gerald E. Seyfried, a machinist at Bethlehem Steel Corp., was elected to succeed Northampton County Executive Eugene Hartzell. Seyfried scored a narrow victory over Republican businessman L. Jack Bradt. The election was closer than most had anticipated in an overwhelmingly Democratic county. Judges F.P. Kimberly McFadden, William F. Moran and Robert Simpson were elected to 10-year terms on the county bench, along with Easton attorney James Hogan. Judges Richard Grifo and Michael Franciosa both moved to senior status.
Easton's attempt to annex almost 400 acres of land in Williams Township was overwhelmingly defeated in Williams and barely approved in Easton. The measure needed approval of both communities to succeed. The annexation issue was prompted by a proposed housing development on the Williams land, the majority of which is owned by the city.

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