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Northampton County Executive candidates butt heads over plans

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Pa. - After four years in office, incumbent Northampton County Executive John Brown said he is ready for a second term, but former County Councilman Lamont McClure said he is the better candidate for the job.

Both candidates said finances and economic development are a top priority for the next four years.

"We will have to continue to manage the finances of the county very well. We have saved over $50 million already. There is more of that coming,” Brown told 69 News.

"My first thing would be to make sure the county finances are in order...such that I don't have to raise property taxes,” McClure said.

Republican John Brown said his record of economic progress and cost saving measures is a plus for the county and its bank accounts.

But Democrat Lamont McClure says he would restore some of the cuts made by Brown, including to farm in environmentally sensitive lands.

Both candidates have traded jabs over the plans to build a new Northampton County Prison.

Brown has disputed McClure's claims that the prison will include a property tax increase, saying it will be paid for with a public/private partnership recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Brown said two separate studies have shown that a new facility is needed but McClure said he believes the current prison is satisfactory.


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