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MUNICIPAL ELECTION 2021: Northampton Borough mayor

There are two candidates seeking the seat of Northampton Borough mayor: Democrat incumbent Thomas D. Reenock and Republican Tony Pristash. Voters will choose one in the Nov. 2 election.

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

What do you see as the most important issue for voters in this election?


The most important issue is quality of life, while keeping tax rates at current levels, despite the recent jump in inflation. But with almost 10,000 residents, there are many other important issues, too. Some say COVID and getting assistance or vaccinated. Others say to finish the D&L trail to North Catasauqua. This summer was street construction with UGI and thinking of a business bypass proposal at the 21st and Main streets intersection. There’s water concerns with DEP, the Act 537 plan and MS4. And our future concern with traffic getting around the Cementon Bridge project.


Talking with residents, public safety, from police and fire protection to a comprehensive COVID-19 response, is the most important issue of concern.

As mayor, I would ensure Northampton has the best, fiscally responsible equipment and training possible.

I would institute and lead a well-structured plan for immediate outreach and communications, making extensive use of today’s myriad of digital tools and social media platforms. Through those resources and personal outreach, citizens will receive the most up-to-date information and educational tools available.

To educate and enhance a “spirit of community,” I’d spotlight our police officers and first responders though social media introductions.