It appears that the rumors about Commissioner Kern not running for re-election could be accurate. His name is not on the ballot for the May primary. Of the commissioners up for re-election, Kern is the only one who doesn’t appear to be gearing up for a campaign. Whether this remains to be the case is up in the air. Politics in Whitehall and the Lehigh Valley are a cauldron of deception and double talk. Things change at a moment’s notice. All we can do is keep our eyes and ears open. As ineffective as Kern was, his potential replacements do not appear to be much better. Dennis Hower and Bruce Brinker are the two candidates who will be dueling for Kern’s seat in the primary.
Hower is most likely to win. He’s a Teamster, with a political background…..to a limited extent. His education is limited to a bachelors degree in Human Resource Management from Muhlenberg College. He’s pro-union and if history is any guide, Hower on the commission will certainly lead to higher taxes for the township’s residents.
Brinker is a more unorthodox candidate. He’s a manager at Yocco’s hot dogs on Catty Road. He’s active in the Civil Air Patrol and has little formal political experience.
CACK is working on profiles for both candidates and obtaining interviews with both. As far as Commissioner Kern goes, do not count him out yet. November is a long way off and anything can happen. However, right now it is safe to say that whoever succeeds Kern on the Commission will not be an improvement for Whitehall.