Local school board candidates react to their projected primary victories

Written by on May 24, 2021

Local school board candidates react to their projected primary victories

By Chloe Nouvelle

May 24, 2021

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah from Pexels

Just before election day, WLVR introduced you to four candidates running for school boards in the Lehigh Valley. And as all the votes get tallied, it appears half of them have won spots on November’s ballot.

For Southern Lehigh School Board candidate Nicole Dolan, the projected primary election results were encouraging. 

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“I feel like, okay, good. We got through step one,” Dolan says. 

Step two is winning the general election in November. 

As she campaigns into the fall, Dolan says she wants to make sure voters hear her positions . From her. 

She hears a lot of questions about taxes. And she says her position is: she won’t make “empty promises,” but she will make “fiscally responsible decisions.” 

“You can do certain things to keep taxes down for a period of time that will make things worse for the school and for the taxpayers in the long run. There are times when, in order to do things well for the school, there will be tax increases. But that does not mean that I’m going to freely increase taxes willy-nilly and not care about the people who are paying those taxes,” Dolan says

Primary election day is also looking like a success for Allentown School Board candidate Jennifer Ortiz

“This is such an amazing feeling. I couldn’t be happier. I was in complete shock. I still am. But this means everything to me,” Ortiz says. 

She says her priority, reopening Allentown’s schools at least four days a week by the fall,. resonated with voters.

“A lot of people were aware of my stance on it, and I think that it just goes to show that more parents than I actually thought want their kids back in school and want these schools open,” she says. 

She plans to advocate for mental health support for students as they return to school after being remote for more than a year. 

As of May 20, Lehigh County had yet to certify election results.

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