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Klusaritz tops Democratic ticket in Primary Election

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Debra Palmieri dpalmieri@tnonline.com in Local News

North Whitehall Township voters gave Democrat Dennis E. Klusaritz an unofficial 235 votes in Tuesday’s Municipal Primary Election, according to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, taking 64.74 percent of the vote.

He topped fellow Democrat Stephen Ewald who garnered an unofficial 128 votes, 35.26 percent of the vote.

According to the Voter Registration Office, the winner on that side of the ticket will face either Republican incumbent Steve Pany, who received an unofficial 366 votes, 50.55 percent of the votes cast, in the November General Election or his Republican challenger Eric A. Neubauer, who received an unofficial 358 votes, 49.45 percent of the vote.

According to Office of the Election Board Chief Clerk Timothy Benyo, on Wednesday morning, there are still 25 absentee votes that need to be added in.

These votes could possibly change the totals for Pany or Neubauer.

Klusaritz, a lifelong resident of the township, is a 1977 graduate of Parkland High School.

He has been operating and managing the family hay and grain farming operation along Rising Sun Road since 1978.

“Over the years, I dedicated myself to this community by having been appointed to the historical, recreation and planning commissions, the board of supervisors (1990-96), and I was chairman of the zoning hearing board,” Klusaritz said during the campaign. “I also served on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and received certificates from Penn State College and the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs on Township Government.

Pany said when he ran for his first term in office, he saw that the township was spending a lot of money and incurring a lot of debt.

He wanted to turn this around and reduce spending and debt.

His platform is the same as it was six years ago.

Pany says he does not want the township to acquire more property but instead maintain existing property, keep the roads in good shape and maintain the infrastructure in the township.

He is in favor of growth and would vote for rezoning for increased industrial development but only if sewer service were available.

Neubauer, a retired engineer with several degrees in engineering, says he has a broad background due to his occupation and knows the importance of good record keeping.

He has served as an alternate on the zoning hearing board for three years.

Neubauer says he is well qualified to handle the increasingly complicated administrative aspects of the township and wants the ordinances to be clear and available to the public.

He says he will support the property maintenance ordinance currently being developed.

“I support acting promptly on issues before the board; clarifying vagueness in our ordinances that causes unnecessary hearings; taking the long-term view without being blinded by short-term benefits; continuing the transition to nonemployee supervisors with a professional township manager,” Neubauer said during his campaign.