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Union member Ken Kraft successfully wins seat on Northampton County Council

12.29.11

DECEMBER 2011, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Union member Ken Kraft successfully wins seat on Northampton County Council

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, November 19th- Union member Ken Kraft was successfully elected to serve on the nine member Northampton County Council on November 8th.

Mr. Kraft, a life long resident of Bethlehem and a graduate of Freedom High School, is a Assistant Business Manager for the Painters and Allied Trades International Union (PATIU) District Council 21, which represents PATIU members throughout the Lehigh Valley.

PATIU members work within the construction trade industry. District Council 21 is affiliated with the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Lehigh Valley labor federation.

“As a person who believes in community and public service, I look forward to serving the residents of Bethlehem, Hellertown and Hanover as their voice on County Council. I will be a strong advocate for the needs of our region and will always be available to listen to their concerns,” stated Mr. Kraft.

Mr. Kraft is a Democrat, which will be out-numbered on council by Republicans by five-to-four. The Republicans previously held the majority by seven-to-two. Also, Republican Ron Angle, a constant vote against organized labor, was defeated and will be replaced by a labor supported candidate.

“As a Council member, I will work tirelessly to attract quality, family sustaining jobs, keep taxes stable and deliver high quality services to the residents. I love Northampton County and I will keep it a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Mr. Kraft added.

Mr. Kraft told the newspaper in March he wanted to replace Ann McHale on the County Council, who was a supporter of the labor community during her term.