Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Marx enters race for township mayor

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS Special to The Press in Local News

Commissioner supports plan for new municipal complex

Whitehall Township Commissioner Joseph Marx Jr. has announced he is running for township mayor. He made his candidacy announcement in a news release last week.

Marx says he has served the township in a variety of roles for the past 14 years, including four years on the Whitehall Township Planning Commission. He currently serves on the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, a position he has held for the past nine years. He also serves as a liaison to Whitehall Public Safety and Public Works departments.

Marx, a Democrat, was appointed Whitehall Township commissioner in 2016 and elected to the seat in 2018.

He said, as a commissioner, he is a major advocate of building a new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovating the township building on the current township municipal site on MacArthur Road.

“I believe the new building and consolidation will be cost effective and provide greater accessibility to the citizens of Whitehall for future decades,” he said.

He added he is “fiscally conservative and takes a common-sense approach to problem solving.”

A graduate of William Allen High School, Marx served in the U.S. Marine Corps and has owned and operated a property management and maintenance company for 20 years.

He said one of his proudest accomplishments for the township was helping raise money to construct the veterans memorial in front of the municipal building.

The current mayor’s term will expire at the end of 2019. Michael P. Harakal Jr., who was township executive from 1984 to 1991, was voted to fill the position left vacant last year when longtime Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. left to become director of administration for Lehigh County, under Executive Phillips Armstrong. Harakal was sworn in to office April 2018 to serve the remaining 19 months of Hozza’s four-year term.