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MUNICIPAL ELECTION 2021: Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, District 3

There are two candidates for the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, District 3, which comprises Catasauqua Borough and Hanover Township: Democrat Zachary Cole Borghi and Republican Jacqueline Rivera. Voters will choose one in the Nov. 2 election.

The candidates were asked to respond to the following question in 100 words or less:

Should Lehigh County have a health bureau to handle the next pandemic?


A county health bureau has been a staple of my campaign and a prerogative of the current board of commissioners. I believe my election will help decide the health bureau’s fate since Republicans have notoriously voted against government-run aid; furthermore, the vote on the county health bureau may not arrive until the 2022 board takes control. I am in full support of the county health bureau. My hope is to appoint a dedicated opioid crisis coordinator to help educate youth, adults and government entities on the devastating effects opioids have on communities and how best to treat opioid dependencies.


Great question. I will be honest, when I first heard of this argument, I automatically didn’t believe I wanted to support wasting taxpayer money on a county health bureau when the Allentown and Bethlehem health bureau do an amazing job. However, I will be open minded in this discussion and support meetings taking place with the Allentown and Bethlehem health bureaus to see if there is a need for this. We shouldn’t jump on wasting money for this until we can prove to everyone the need for it with having all parties involved in the discussion.