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Meet the candidates for Lehigh County Executive

LEHIGH COUNTY, Pa. - On the ballot for Lehigh County Executive is a businessman and an educator with various management and government experience.

Republican Brad Osborne is a retired chemical plant manager, former South Whitehall Township commissioner and for the last six years a Lehigh County Commissioner. 

If elected, Osborne says he'll develop a five-year plan to make government effective.

"One of the things I'd like to emphasize is my background, which has prepared me for this position and the things that we can accomplish if we work together," Osborne said. 

Democrat Phillips Armstrong is a teacher, coach and Whitehall Township Commissioner.

Armstrong was hand picked by current County Executive Tom Muller to run for the office and thinks of himself as a outsider.

Armstrong says if elected he'll focus on a regional approach to planning while also improving relationships between the county executive and commissioners.

"I think one of the most pressing issues has been the communication. We have to re-open lines of communication; there has definitely been some head butting," Armstrong said. 

Both Armstrong and Osborne support the $68 million renovation plans for Cedarbrook.

"I think you have to look at expenses versus investments. And when you do something if you invest the money and you do it correctly you won't have those expenses later," Armstrong said.

"40 percent of the residents in Cedarbrook are dementia residents. We need to understand in the design of Cedarbrook that we are accommodating the desires of those residents and their families," said Osborne.

Both candidates' records include lowering expenses and anti pay-to-play legislation. Voters will have to decide which one will lead Lehigh County for the next four years.

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