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Callahan endorses William Reynolds for Mayor

By Jamie Peter, WFMZ.com Reporter, JPeter@wfmz.com
Published On: May 17 2013 06:29:53 PM CDT
Updated On: May 17 2013 10:42:17 PM CDT

Reynolds for Mayor rally

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan has endorsed one of the candidates vying to be his successor.

Callahan endorsed William Reynolds for Mayor at a rally on Friday.

Reynolds was surrounded by local leaders, including Callahan, and dozens of supporters as he again touted his plan to move Bethlehem forward.

"I have a positive vision of where the city needs to go.  I've spent my whole life in Bethlehem and I've decided to give back to a city that's given me so much," said Reynolds.  "We've made a lot of progress, a lot of progress since Bethlehem Steel's closed but there's more work yet to be done.  I think my vision for economic development and my vision for neighborhoods and my vision for empowering people to make the decisions to affect their daily lives is what Bethlehem needs over the next four years."

Reynolds says he will continue to grow the neighborhoods of Bethlehem, increase business development and support the Bethlehem Area School District.

Reynolds, a Bethlehem Area School District grad, says his parents moved to Bethlehem 35 years ago.  He grew up in a strong, supportive community and wants to continue that for future generations.

Reynolds opponent in the Democratic primary is Robert Donchez.  He released this statement following Callahan's endorsement:

"Mayor Callahan is the ultimate hypocrite. He ran the most negative campaign for Mayor in Bethlehem's history against Jim Delgrosso, an honorable man, including even calling Mr. Delgrosso a liar on telephone calls. And, he is running a negative campaign for Northampton County Executive. This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Throughout this campaign Donchez has been open about his concern for the city’s financial future based on the current borrowing practices as well as future pension and healthcare projections. This has been in direct conflict with the current administration’s position, one which projects a sense of false security.  This independent thinking and transparency of information sharing, is critical to building a better future for Bethlehem.

During this campaign, Donchez has received support of the following individuals and organizations which have endorsed him:

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, Sr.
PA Senator Lisa Boscola
Bethlehem Fraternal Order of Police, Star Lodge
International Local Firefighters
Lehigh Valley Realtors Association PAC
Former Bethlehem Mayor Gordon Mowrer, as well as former members of
Bethlehem City Council"