Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Reynolds announces re-election bid

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by The Press in Local News

J. William Reynolds has announced that he will be seeking re-election to Bethlehem City Council in 2019. “Bethlehem continues to be a model of what a city can be in the 21st century – progressive, diverse, and economically strong. I am asking the people of Bethlehem for their support for another term so we can continue the important progress we have made in the areas of climate action, neighborhood revitalization, open and transparent government, and economic development.”

Reynolds said he is proud of everything that has been accomplished during his previous four years on city council, including the successful implementation of several initiatives proposed in his “Bethlehem 2017” legislative agenda.

• Proposing and leading the creation of Bethlehem’s first climate action plan

• Northside 2027 – a unique partnership and revitalization strategy for neighborhoods involving citizens, the Bethlehem Area School District, and Moravian College

• Bethlehem’s first open data effort to improve access to public data in an effort to spur innovation and entrepreneurship

• Financial Accountability Incentive Reporting (F.A.I.R.) – an initiative designed to increase transparency and efficiency of economic development incentives

• Working with the administration and city council to improve the city of Bethlehem’s financial standing, currently reflected in Bethlehem’s recent upgrade to a A+ bond rating from S&P

• Being a vocal advocate for state legislation related to environmental protection, equality, marijuana decriminalization, and increased funding for the Bethlehem Area School District

• Attending block watch meetings and remaining accessible to citizens for neighborhood issues and concerns

If re-elected, Reynolds’ priorities would include continuing to implement and execute Bethlehem’s climate action plan, further develop Northside 2027, extend Bethlehem’s open data initiative, as well as

• Continuing to support economic redevelopment and revitalization efforts throughout the city.

• Working to keep Bethlehem the safest mid sized city in Pennsylvania.

• Focusing on improving governmental communication, including modernizing Bethlehem’s social media channels in an effort to increase the efficient delivery of basic city services.

• Continue to build cooperative strategies with the Bethlehem Area School District in an effort to combat issues currently affecting Bethlehem’s most vulnerable children.